Magazine article Screen International

Lars Von Trier to Make First France Trip since Cannes Scandal

Magazine article Screen International

Lars Von Trier to Make First France Trip since Cannes Scandal

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UPDATE (April 23): Visit cancelled due to 'personal reasons'

Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier may not be headed to the Croisette this year but he will be touching down in France in May nonetheless for a masterclass at the Cinemathèque Française.

The special event on May 4 will tie in with the French theatrical release of Nymphomaniac Volume I and Volume II: Extended Director's Cut by Les Films du Losange on May 6.

The distributor confirmed that it will be Von Trier's first official visit to France since the "painful episode" at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, at which he made an ill-judged joke about being a Nazi during the press conference for Melancholia.

The episode led to him being temporarily declared "persona non grata" by the festival as well as a French police investigation into whether he violated a law on war crime denial.

The charges were dropped six months later and Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux has since said the director would be welcome back at the festival.

Cinemathèque event

Attendees at the Cinemathèque's event are set for a marathon session.

Von Trier's master class, compered by the cinemathèque's director of programming Jean-François Rauger and Arte France Cinema chief Olivier Père, is billed to last two hours. …

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