Lars von Trier is a Danish filmmaker who believes in blunt honesty. He has presented his films for years at the Cannes Festival, but alas, no more will they be shown to the world’s celebrities. At a press conference following world premiere of his film, Melancholia, Mr. von Trier went off on how his beloved German roots had turned him into a supporter of Nazis. “I really wanted to be a Jew, and then found out I was really a Nazi…. I understand Hitler…. I sympathize with him a little bit. … I am very much for Jews, though not too much because the Israelis are a pain in the ass.” An honest statement. A bit confusing, but then again, those Danes whose families were killed by the sympathetic Adolf Hitler might not completely agree with the von Trier take on a mass murder.
Oh, the good news. After being banned from Cannes, von Trier issued an apology or something like one. “I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.” He is not a Nazi, just sort of sympathetic to them.