Following director Lars Von Trier’s ridiculous outburst yesterday about having sympathy for Hitler and being a Nazi, the Cannes Film Festival has decided that the Danish director is official a persona non grata and banned him from the festival.
Von Trier has since apologised for the remarks which seem to be the product of a badly thought out joke rather than any active maliciousness. Regardless, Cannes have applied the boot to the director’s behind and ejected him from the proceedings.
“The Festival de Cannes provides artists from around the world with an exceptional forum to present their works and defend freedom of expression and creation,” said the festival in a statement. “The board of directors profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars von Trier to express comments that are 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.”
It’s unknown if the ban will be indefinite or whether there’s a possibility for redemption. Oddly it means that if Melancholia wins any awards at this year’s festival, he won’t be able to collect them.