Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Is Lars von Trier the next Mel Gibson?

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Spring Time for Von Trier
  • Brian Brooks (IndieWIRE)
  • Lars and the Real Girl

Whether taunting filmmaker Jørgen Leth with increasingly ridiculous filmmaking challenges in the Five Obstructions (a role he'll soon be reprising with Martin Scorsese), or drafting the ridiculously limiting "Vow of Chastity" dubbed the "Dogme 95 Manifesto," or confounding audiences with a film entitled Antichrist which features a close-up shot of Willem Dafoe's erect penis mid-coitus as well as a talking fox ("Chaos Reigns") and Charlotte Gainsbourg performing masturbatory genital self-mutilation, Lars von Trier is nothing if not a provocateur.

But this time, he may have gone too far.

According to reports from IndieWIRE's Peter Knegt (click through just to see Lars' Night of the Hunter inspired tattoo), the post-screening press conference for his new film Melancholia at the Cannes Film Festival, von Trier made quite an impression.

First he promised that his next film would be a "three or four hour long" hard-core porn film starring Kirstin Dunst and aforementioned Antichrist star Charlotte Gainsbourg, engaged in "a lot of unpleasant sex."

Then he drifted into Mel Gibson territory:

"I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was happy being a Jew, Then later I found out that I wasn’t a Jew. I really wanted to be, but found out I was really a Nazi because my family was German. I understand Hitler, but I definitely see some wrong things. I just think I understand the man. He’s not what I call a good guy. I’m not for the Second World War. I’m for Jews, well maybe except for the Israelis - sometimes they’re a problem…” Then perhaps realizing he was digging a hole, he cried, “Oh god, How can I get out of this sentence…? OK, I’m a Nazi. This movie was done on a great scale. Yeah, that’s what we Nazis do - we do things on a grand scale.”

He's since offered a half-assed apology for his comments,

“If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not antisemitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a nazi.” - Lars von Trier.

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