Magazine article Screen International

Berlin: Lars Von Trier Flashes Cannes 'Persona Non Grata' Shirt

Magazine article Screen International

Berlin: Lars Von Trier Flashes Cannes 'Persona Non Grata' Shirt

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Von Trier maintains silence at Nymphomaniac photocall; Shia LaBeouf walks out.

The photocall and press conference for Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 was a suitably dramatic affair today at the Berlin International Film Festival as maverick director Von Trier flashed a t-shirt stamped with the Cannes palme and the words "Persona Non Grata, Official Selection" while actor Shia La Beouf later walked out of the press conference.

Von Trier maintained the silence he has held since his controversial comments in Cannes in 2011 and didn't join actors Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin and producer Louis Vesth on stage for the packed conference - but proudly revealed his t-shirt during the photocall.

LaBeouf walkout

Actor Shia LaBeouf, chewing gum and sporting baseball cap, hoodie and pronounced five o'clock shadow, looked uncomfortable and glum throughout proceedings and only spoke to issue French footballer Eric Cantona's famous quote: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

The Transformers star then got up and walked out, leaving a rather embarrassed lineup of actors on stage and a stunned audience.

Manchester United footballer Cantona first issued the phrase at an infamous 1995 press conference after a court appearance following his assault on a football fan.

The cryptic quote was understood to be the Frenchman's assessment of the media pack following him around on the hunt for a story.

On Saturday night, LaBeouf is understood to have been engaged in an altercation at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Berlin. …

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