Thursday, May 19, 2011

Update: Von Trier becomes the Official Antichrist of Cannes

In the wake of his poorly conceived Nazi joke, Lars Von Trier has officially been banned from the remainder of this year's Cannes Film Festival.  This is, of course, after Von Trier released an official apology/explanation and the comment had been widely dismissed as a joke.  This morning the Board of Directors announced that the surly Danish director was "persona non grata, effective immediately" because he expressed comments that were "unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the Festival" [source]  Rumors are flying, most notably that the real straw that broke the Board of Directors' back was a jab at the French in Von Trier's apology, where he said "I think the Holocaust is the worst crime in humanity that I can remember… I believe that it’s an especially delicate subject down here, because the French have a history of being extremely cruel to the Jews.”  Yes, Lars, keep shoveling.

Seriously though, let's take a step back. This is absurd.  I'm in complete agreement with The Playlist writer Oliver Lyttelton, who summed it up thusly:
"Yes, the director was being a prize ass, to the surprise of absolutely no-one. But we’d think that the official reprimand, and subsequent apology would have been the end of the story, without the need to blacklist the director. If Von Trier had stood up and outlined racial supremacist views, that would have been one thing, but he was nowhere near that, and even clarified his views at the time, and to ban Von Trier from the festival only a few days after parading Mel Gibson, a man on record as making genuinely racist and anti-Semitic statements, down the red carpet for the out-of-competition premiere of “The Beaver,” a move designed to generate publicity just as much as Von Trier’s comments were, is an act of staggering hypocrisy."  [source]

That's right.  Mel Gibson can stay and play, but Von Trier?  He's got to go...

Now, let's watch this again, because I'm in love with it:


  1. Von Trier needs to cause a commotion to get attention to his new movie, doesn't he? well there you go..

    Movie seems boring doesn't it? With the exception of one gorgeous shot of Dunst's steaming fingers


  2. It's true, Von Trier is no stranger to controversy. This time, though, it seems to be less a stunt and possibly very damaging to the film. Last I heard potential distributors were backing out of the deal...

    Can't speak to whether or not it's boring. From my end, it looks like something I'll be head over heels I'm pretty psyched.



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