Dancer In The Dark

2000, Movie, R, 140 mins

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Lars von Trier Is "Persona Non Grata" at Cannes

Lars Von Trier

If Lars von Trier's Melancholia wins at the Cannes film festival, he won't be able to accept the award — because he's "persona non grata" in the wake of his comments that he's a Nazi who can "understand" Hitler.

The festival — which awarded the filmmaker its top prize in 2000 for Dancer in the Dark — condemned his remarks, as did Jewish groups, which lauded the event organizers for their actions.

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Director Lars von Trier Says He's a Nazi and Sympathizes with Hitler at Cannes Film Festival

Lars Von Trier

Lars von Trier loves to shock. Just watch his movies. But he also likes to say shocking things. Remember when he said former President George W. Bush dreamed of being whipped by Condoleezza Rice? Well, now he says that he's a Nazi who can "understand" Hitler.

At a Cannes film festival news conference, he said he found out "he was really a Nazi, because my family was German ... which also gave me some pleasure. ... I understand Hitler. But I think he did some wrong things. Yes, absolutely ... I sympathize with him a little bit."

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