“Despite having ostensibly apologized for his bizarre Hitler-sympathizing remarks, director Lars von Trier was asked to leave the Cannes Film Festival today, after being dubbed “persona non grata” by the Cannes board of directors. “A statement posted to the festival’s official site read, in part: “The Festival’s 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.”

Von Trier’s entry, Melancholia, has not been ejected along with its maker, and will be judged as planned. However, should the auteur’s film win, he will not be allowed to accept his prize in person. A festival spokeswoman told The New York Times that if such an expulsion had previously occurred, she was unaware of it.”

Watch below as ‘Melancholia’ star Kirsten Dunst becomes increasingly uncomfortable as Lars von Trier makes his infamous comments.

Now there’s a reason for melancholia.


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