Lars returns to Cannes

Culture Desk | Published: 20:37, May 14,2018 | Updated: 21:22, May 14,2018

 
 

Lars von Trier

Seven years on from his infamous ‘Nazi’ comments, Lars von Trier is back at the Cannes Film Festival. Will he hold his tongue this time?
Lars von Trier’s reputation as an impish provocateur was already well established when he came to Cannes in 2011 with his apocalyptic science fiction fable Melancholia, reports BBC.
Yet the Danish film-maker tested the festival’s tolerance past its breaking point during a press conference in which he joked he was a Nazi.
‘He’s not what you would call a good guy but I understand him,’ he went on to say about Adolf Hitler. ‘I sympathise with him a little bit.’
In whatever spirit his remarks were intended, they were enough to see him banned from the event and branded a ‘persona non grata’ by its organisers.

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