Lars Von Trier Says He'll Stop Interviews, Public Statements after French Controversy

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Lars Von Trier Says He'll Stop Interviews, Public Statements after French Controversy


After police interrogation following his proclamations at the press conference for Melancholia at Cannes, Danish director Lars von Trier says he will now concentrate on his film work.

Early afternoon Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier was interrogated by police in northern Sealand, Denmark, concerning an accusation by the local prosecutor in Grasse, France, that he has violated French legislation against glorifying war crimes by his proclamations at the press conference following the screening of his latest feature, Melancholia, at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

"Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews," said Danish director Lars von Trier in a press statement issued today.

His statements in Cannes included:

"... but then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family were German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler ... I sympathise with him a bit. Now how can I get out of this sentence? OK, I'm a Nazi," were some of his remarks at the Palais des Festivals, which the following day made festival declare him persona non grata, effective immediately. …

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