Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Habitual Provocateur" Lars von Trier Barred from Cannes

At the Cannes Film Festival for a screening of his latest film "Melancholia", Danish director Lars von Trier made remarks about his "sympathy" for Hitler and joked about being a Nazi. He later apologized but the festival has barred von Trier from attending the awards ceremony.

CEO of the Danish Film Institute, Henrik Bo Nielsen, criticized von Trier and called his comments "foolish" but noted "there's nothing new in the fact that great artists make stupid remarks."

It will be interesting to see if this affects the film's reception. It is scheduled to be released in the U.S. this fall. 

Read more here.

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