Lars Von Trier, the acclaimed Danish filmmaker currently promoting his new movie 'Melancholia' at the Cannes Film Festival, says he 'understands' and 'sympathises' with Adolf Hitler, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Lars Von Trier made the shocking remarks during a press conference earlier today (18th May 2011).
The often outspoken Von Trier began by responding to a question about his Germanic roots, saying, "For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family were German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler.I sympathize with him a bit". As 'Melancholia' stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg sat beside him looking bewildered, Von Trier attempted to qualify the statement, saying, "I don't mean I'm in favour of World War II and I'm not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier.In fact I'm very much in favour of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass but." As nervous laughter began to envelop the press room, the filmmaker paused before saying, "Now how can I get out of this sentence? Ok. I'm a Nazi". Von Trier's deadpan delivery and wry smiles led many to assume the director was joking, and he later suggested that his new movie "may be crap", adding, "there's quite a big possibility that it might not be worth seeing".
Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia' follows the story of two sisters who get caught up in a dispute while the earth is threatened by a collision with another planet. The movie will hit cinemas in the US on 4th November 2011.