Lars Von Trier Can’t Get Within 500 Feet Of Cannes

Thursday, May 19 by
 

You might remember reading about Lars Von Trier‘s Nazi joke controversy and subsequent apology at the Cannes Film Festival. Well, it turns out that apologizing apparently isn’t enough, sinc the League Du Cannes have declared Von Trier “persona non grata,” which basically means he’s banned from the premises. Here’s the official statement, delivered to a group of about 50 people holding pitchforks and torches:

“The Festival de Cannes provides artists from around the world with an exceptional forum to present their works and defend freedom of expression and creation. The board of directors profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars von Trier to express comments that are unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival. 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.”

There you have it. It’s not known if Von Trier’s persona non grata status is just for this year, indefinite, or what. It’s really too bad he can’t use the David Bowie excuse of “that wasn’t a Nazi salute, I was just waving.” (Deadline)

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