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Lars Von Trier Revisits Nazi Comments With An Explanation

The controversial director explains his infamous Nazi comments from the Cannes Film Festival

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: September 7th, 2011 in Culture » Film » News

Lars Von Trier Revisits Nazi Comments With An Explanation
Danish director, Lars Von Trier, has taken the opportunity to give an explanation for his now infamous Nazi gaffe at Cannes in May. The controversial director, who inadvertently won a lifetime ban at the Cannes Film Festival for admitting that he sympathized with Hitler, provided infinitely more nuanced words at the Berlin Film Festival, regarding the incident.

"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.
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