Controversial filmmaker Lars Von Trier (“Dancer in the Dark,” “Dogville”) went to Cannes 2011 with his apocalyptic wedding movie, “Melancholia,” and star Kirsten Dunst. Unfortunately for him, the only thing people are buzzing about is his apparently sarcastic comments about being a Nazi and Hitler sympathizer.
Despite his apology, the Telegraph reports that Cannes organizers have booted him from the festival. A statement from the directors says they “firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars von Trier a persona non grata at the festival.”
Persona non grata or not, “Melancholia” will reportedly remain in competition for the May 22 awards — which should at least be some consolation for Kirsten Dunst. As you’ll see in the video of press conference that included the Nazi comments, the actress is clearly having the most uncomfortable week of her life.