Lars Von Trier Revisits Nazi Comments With An Explanation
The controversial director explains his infamous Nazi comments from the Cannes Film Festival
"There was a point to this whole thing. I think history shows that we are all Nazis somewhere, and there are a lot of things that can be suddenly set free, and the mechanics behind this setting-free is something we really should really investigate, and the way we do not investigate it is to make it a taboo to talk about it," Von Trier stated at a Q&A, during a retrospective of his films.
In a recent interview with The Independent, Von Trier addressed the Cannes incident providing further evidence that his comment was in jest, by discussing the man who reared him as a son.
“After all this nonsense in Cannes, I am claiming that since he was Jewish and gave me a cultural Jewish upbringing, I am as good a Jew as any. Maybe he didn't give the sperm, but he gave me a family and a background," he averred.
Von Trier’s latest film, Melancholia, has received glowing accolades from critics and stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It opens in theatres on November 11.