Cannes Film Festival bans Lars Von Trier over Hitler remark


Danish director Lars Von Trier has accepted his ban from the Cannes Film Festival, following his claims that he sympathised with Adolf Hitler.

His remarks, purportedly made in jest, prompted a swift rebuke from organizers and Von Trier apologized the same day.

The 55-year-old is a previous winner of the festival’s Palme d’Or award and is renowned for courting controversy.

During a news conference on Wednesday for Von Trier’s new film, “Melancholia,” which is produced by Zentropa, the director said Hitler “did some wrong things, yes, absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end.” Von Trier added, “I’m not for the Second World War, and I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier,” naming a fellow filmmaker who is Jewish.