If you're an award-nominated starlet, one of the things to worry about besides struggling with fame or having your purse stolen is when your notoriously provocative director decides to "joke" about his Nazi and Hitler sympathies during a Cannes Film Festival press conference. And if you're Kirsten Dunst, you react by squirming and wincing and just plain hoping he'll shut up. The Telegraph posted video of Lars Von Trier's now-infamous comments, with Dunst, who stars in his new film, next to him.
Von Trier, who apologized, has now been banned from the famous festival which awarded him with the Palme D'Or for Dancer in the Dark. The festival released this statement:
Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells writes
"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 Festival's Board of Directors, which held an extraordinary meeting this Thursday, 19 May 2011, 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.
, "Well, Von Trier obviously touched a highly explosive nerve, and the Cannes team is politically obliged to say something admonishing. But this is such an over-reaction I don't know where to begin. Lars von Trier has, press conference-wise, often played the role of a provocateur, a kidder -- he loves to poke and agitate and whip the press into a lather. Nazi-winking, even in jest, in a huge no-no, of course, but we all know that Von Trier is a serious artist and a humanitarian who, despite his impishness, has time and again made films that see through to the sad soul of things. Due respect to the Cannes team, but this is excessive. They're swatting a fly with a double-barrelled shotgun... If any journalists and filmmakers want to sign a petition saying this whole simple-brained scandal has been inflated past the point of reason and perception and make it public, I'll sign it and post it."