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October 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lars Von Trier, Kirsten Dunst at Cannes

Lars Von Trier was clearly joking during a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival last May when he remarked that he had always believed that he had been born a Jew (“I was very happy being a Jew”) but that his mother had told him on her deathbed that his father may have been a Nazi, so, he concluded, he must actually have been born a Nazi. Digging himself into a deeper hole, he added that now that he accepted his Nazi birth, “I understand Hitler.” Although several reporters chuckled at the comments, some reported it with utter seriousness, and their stories resulted in Von Trier being declared persona non grata by the festival organizers. Then on Wednesday, Von Trier said that earlier in the day he had been questioned by police in his native Denmark about his remarks in Cannes. “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,” he said.