After controversial director Lars von Trier mentioned Hitler and Jews at Cannes earlier this year the whole media went ape shit. Denmark officials began an investigation to find out if von Trier’s comments can be considered illegal under a set of French laws that deal with war crimes. For those of you in the dark on this one, this is what von Trier said in regards to his next project, The Nymphomanic, which is “a film about a woman’s erotic birth, a woman who discovers her eroticism”, his words, not mine.
“But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit.”
That’s it; just a brief mention of understanding Hitler and the whole world goes completely nuts, throwing their arms in the air. Lars von Trier still can’t get a break, even after a formal apology and retraction. He released the following statement:
Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.
Lars von Trier
Avedøre, 5. October 2011
Now one of the weirdest directors working today has taken the vow of silence, just like another master craftsman by the name of Terrence Malick. Both men make some truly unique pieces of art and I would give almost anything to pick apart their brain and find out what goes on in there, but because of stupid people in the world that won’t be able to happen. Those still looking for the answers to von Trier’s Antichrist will have to live the rest of their lives with questions lingering.
I end this post with a picture of von Trier’s hand; yes it says FUCK on his knuckles.
(via The Film Stage)