Lars Von Trier banned from Cannes

May 20th, 2011

Lars Von Trier has been expelled from the Cannes Film Festival after calling himself a "Nazi".

The 55-year-old director - who was brought up as Jewish until he discovered his biological father was a German Catholic - gave a bizarre interview at the festival in the south of France, where he is promoting his new movie 'Melancholia', discussing topics including Adolf Hitler, porn and star Kirsten Dunst's battle with depression.

He said: "I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew ... Then it turned out that I was not a Jew ... I found out that I was really a Nazi you know because my family is German.

"I would say Kirsten, thank god, has some knowledge of depression. We talked a lot about how things should look and I think she is doing extremely well."

He also joked that he was in the process of writing a four-hour-long hardcore porn film featuring 'Melancholia' stars Kirsten and Charlotte Gainsbourg, containing "a lot of very, very unpleasant sex" and called Israel a "pain in the ass".

In response to his comments, the festival released a statement announcing he is now a "persona non grata" at the festival although it is unclear if his movie will be removed from competing for the Palme d'Or which is awarded to the director of the best feature film of the festival.

The statement said Lars' remarks were "unacceptable, intolerable and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival.

"The board of directors firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars Von Trier a persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, with effect immediately."

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