lars von trier at cannes - wtf?
Old 05-18-2011, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)

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he's brilliant and i love his films, but wow:

Danish director and provocateur Lars von Trier waded into new controversy at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, as he unveiled his new film Melancholia.
But his remarks at the press conference after the film's screening were met with embarrassed shrugs by the press.

"For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew. Then I met (Danish and Jewish director) Susanne Bier and I wasn't so happy," von Trier began, with a cherubic smile.

"But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family were German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things, yes absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end. I sympathize with him a bit."

Von Trier continued: "I'm not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier…In fact I'm very much in favour of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass, but…"

He then joked that his next movie could be titled The Final Solution or be a porn film "with lots of uncomfortable sex."
Later on Wednesday, festival organizers issued a statement saying they were "disturbed" by von Trier's statements and had demanded an explanation.

Von Trier then apologized for his remarks, saying he had "let himself be egged on by a provocation."

"I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi," he said.
Von Trier's Nazi-related joking stuns Cannes - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News
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