"I'm a Nazi" - says director Lars von Trier during one of the strangest press conferences in Cannes
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"I'm a Nazi" - says director Lars von Trier during one of the strangest press conferences in Cannes

Cannes : France | May 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM PDT
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Lars von Trier, Danish filmmaker best known for such movies as “Breaking the Waves, “Dancer in the Dark”, or recent “Antichrist”, said some “interesting” things at the press conference in Cannes. Namely that he’s a Nazi and sympathizes with Hitler. Just imagine what kind of uproar it caused.

“For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew. …But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler…I sympathize with him a bit," said von Trier at the press conference.

Obviously, in von Trier’s eyes, every German is a Nazi – can’t wait to hear what Germans will say to that. And how can a supposedly sane human being understand Hitler? It’s a bit scary scenario if von Trier indeed does.

Oh. And let’s not forget about Jews: “…I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. In fact I’m very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain the a— but…"

For those wondering who on earth Suzanne Bier is, she’s a Jewish-Danish film director best known for her Academy-Award-winning “In a Better World” and her commercial features “After the Wedding”.

Back to Lars von Trier. He kept on going. Asked if he’d like to do a large-scale film in contrast to his visually distinct and independent productions, he replied: "Yes. We Nazis like to do things on a big scale. Maybe I could do ‘The Final Solution.'"

Von Trier was promoting his new film “Melancholia” at the Cannes Film Festival and Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who co-star in the movie, were alongside the director at the press conference. They both reportedly looked on in shock during von Trier's remarks – and who can blame them.

The Cannes Film Festival was fast to ask von Trier to provide an explanation for his comments and issued an apology on his behalf. Von Trier supposedly stated that he let himself be egged on by a provocation. Hmm… rather lame excuse.

Lars von Trier is well known for his exploration of controversial subject matter, well represented in his explicit films. The director is also known for his multiple phobias. Pity, one of them isn’t a “fear of giving press conferences”…

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Danish director Lars Von Trier and US actress Kirsten Dunst
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