Von Trier banned from the Festival
by Fabien Lemercier
Lars von Trier paid dearly for a provocative “slip-up” made yesterday at Cannes. The more than ambiguous remarks came during the press conference (see interview) following the world premiere of Melancholia [+see also:
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According to a statement released by the Festival: "The Festival de Cannes provides artists from around the world with an exceptional forum to present their works and defend freedom of expression and creation," the Festival said in a statement. "The board of directors 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. The Board of Directors firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars von Trier a persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, with effect immediately."
(Translated from French)