Lars Von Trier Questioned By Police
October 5, 2011 by staff
Lars Von Trier Questioned By Police, Danish director Lars von Trier, said Wednesday the Danish police had questioned him about the French charges in connection with his controversial remarks at the Cannes Film Festival about Adolf Hitler.
“I was today at 2:00 pm Police questioned the North Zealand with respect to a prosecutor’s preliminary charge of Grasse, France in August 2011, about a possible violation of French law against the glorification of the crimes war, “von Trier said in a statement.
“The accusation is speaking at the press conference in Cannes, in May 2011,” he said.
“As a result of this serious accusation that I should infer that I have the ability to express unambiguously. Therefore, I decided that from today I will refrain from all public statements,” he said.
In a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, where he was presenting his film “Melancholia,” a reporter asked Von Trier about his German heritage.
Von Trier – known for his black humor and political incorrectness – responded with a cheery smile who liked “a little” with Hitler.
“I really wanted to be a Jew and then I learned that I was actually a Nazi,” he said, referring to the revelation of his death bed his mother that his biological father was actually a German.
“I understand Hitler. I think he did some things wrong, yes absolutely, but I see it sitting in his bunker at the end.”
Later in the day, since his words ran around the world, von Trier issued a statement of apology, adding: “. I am not anti-Semitic and racial prejudice in any way, nor am I a Nazi”
Speaking to the BBC World Service, von Trier said later: “I have this in a sarcastic way of speaking Danish I use with my friends I forgot for a moment that I was talking to the world ..”
Cannes organizers said the director of 55 years of age, “persona non grata” for the rest of the party, though the film was allowed to take part in the competition for the Palme d’Or, one of the most coveted honors in the cinema.
U.S. Actress Kirsten Dunst won for best actress for her role in “Melancholia”.
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