Danish director, Lars von Trier, was declared “persona non grata” by Cannes festival organisers on Thursday after remarks he made about sympathising “a little bit” with Hitler.
Luckily, his film, “Melancholia”, which is in the running for the Palme d’Or, has not been removed from the award contenders.
His controversial comments do not come as a surprise to most people who have followed the successful director’s career, as he had continuously crossed the line with commentary and pushed limits with his controversial films.
In fact, in 2005 he stated in an interview with a French newspaperthat he was happy to be “politically incorrect, because that means bringing up problems, discussing them, which is the basis of democracy.”
Born in Copenhagen on April 30, 1956, the Danish director has since never shied away from innovative and artistic projects since his debut at the age of 28. His ambitious and controversial films have often divided critics, shocked audiences and impressed festival juries time and time again.
Indeed, “Melancholia” is not the first movie he has wowed Cannes with. Last year, his “Antichrist” was is the running for the Palme d’Or, while his 2000 movie “Dancer in the Dark” won him the award. He also managed a technical award for his debut film “Element of Crime” in 1984.
Cannes also awarded him a Grand Prix award for “Breaking the Waves” and the Cannes jury prize for his 1991 film “Europa.”
von Trier later apologised for his words, saying he was “not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced (or) a Nazi.”