It was an unprecedented move by the festival, which bestowed its highest honour, the Palme d'Or on the director's film Dancer in the Dark back in 2000. The statement did not specify whether that meant Von Trier's current Cannes film, Melancholia, had been booted from Cannes and was no longer eligible for prizes.
At the press conference Von Trier said in a rambling train of thought that he understood and sympathised with Hitler. He said afterwards he had been joking and later issued an apology.
Later that night A Danish photographer who had been assigned to cover the afterparty for a Danish newsmagazine said the cast dinner had been canceled by the restaurant.
“A dinner for 40 people, and they canceled on them, because of what he said,” said the photographer, Martin Hoien, adding that he heard about the cancellation from the Danish company behind the movie. An American publicist for the film later confirmed that the beachfront afterparty was also canceled.
Mr. Hoien, who said he had photographed Mr. Von Trier many times over the years, including on Wednesday morning, said that, among Danes, the filmmaker has a reputation as a provocateur.
“It’s not a surprise that he said what he said,” Mr. Hoien said. Mr. Von Trier is uncomfortable doing press and seems to act out because of it, Mr. Hoien said, adding with an eye roll that his reaction to Mr. Von Trier’s comments was: “not again.”
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The video is a must-watch, Kirsten Dunst's expressions are golden.