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'Melancholia' director Lars von Trier banned from Cannes

It turns out that apologizing for saying he was a Nazi and understood Adolf Hitler wasn't enough for Danish director Lars von Trier, since the Cannes Film Festival decided to ban him for violating the spirit of the meetup. You know, the one often featuring movies about the death of children, genocide, drug use and rape.

"The festival's board of directors, which held an extraordinary meeting, 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," organizers said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News. The director drew fire for saying during a press conference for his movie Melancholia that he was a Nazi because he found out his father was German, and understood Hitler as a person because of it.

After being declared "persona non grata" at the festival, von Trier won't be allowed to collect a Palme d'Or, the festival's grand prize, if he even wins it, and has also drawn fire from Argentina, which announced it will not distribute Melancholia. That's too bad, because we hear the movie, starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, was getting good reviews.

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Posted by Joshua Gillin at 11:31:19 am on May 19, 2011