Lars von Trier: I Love Being 'Persona Non Grata'

But he's sorry for the Hitler schtick
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 2:46 PM CDT
Director Lars Von Trier poses for photos during an interview in Mougins, southern France, Friday, May 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

(Newser) – Lars von Trier is truly sorry he joked about being a Nazi—but he's not all that sad he's been kicked out of Cannes. "I must say, `persona non grata' is a wonderful word," the former Palme d'Or winner tells the AP. "It has a sweetness to it that I can't deny. I'm not at all happy about what happened, but the word is something like an order you get." At that point he gestured to his chest, as though imagining a medal pinned there.

On Wednesday, von Trier said that Hitler "did some wrong things," but he could "sympathize with him a little bit." He added that he supported the Jews but "Israel is a pain in the ass." The whole thing seemed to be a joke, and von Trier apologized almost immediately afterward. "I'm sorry about it for my own sake, and then I'm sorry about the people, if I've hurt people," he reiterated today. "That was not the intention at all. I'm very sorry for that. That was completely stupid."

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