Magazine article Screen International

Von Trier Welcome Back at Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Von Trier Welcome Back at Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: Lars von Trier was never declared 'persona non grata' forever, says Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremau

xThe disappointing news that Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac would not be ready for Cannes broke weeks ago but that has not stopped speculation over whether the Danish director would have been welcome at the festival.

Palme d'Or winner was famously declared 'persona non grata' by Cannes' board of directors during the 2011 festival after calling himself a Nazi and saying that he "sympathised with Hitler a little bit" during the press conference for Melancholia.

At the time, the festival released a statement that said: "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."

The festival has never talked about von Trier in an official capacity since but it seems the ban could be coming to an end.

Quizzed about von Trier's status by ScreenDaily after the festival's annual press conference on Thursday, artistic director Thierry Fremaux said: "Lars von Trier was declared 'persona non grata' for the festival of 2011... That means that he was declared 'persona non grata' for 2011 and was never declared 'persona non grata' forever. …

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