Danish film director Lars von Trier is always self-promoting — but he’s in big trouble now. He was visited by police today at his Denmark home and quizzed about possibly breaking French law which forbids justifying war crimes. It’s because Von Trier caused a storm of controversy during this year’s Cannes Film Festival when he said he had some sympathy for Hitler and Nazis dring a rambling monologue at a press conference. Although he later claimed he was trying to attract attention to his movie by making a joke, the festival banned him, he apologized, and later he rescinded the apology. In the end, European distributors ditched his latest film Melancholia which had its world premiere at Cannes before the ruckus. Now von trier is pledging to keep his mouth shut. Yeah, sure. “He’s a human being and a man with a family, and he wants to avoid further visits from anybody. He’s entirely fed up,” his spokesman tells me. Here is von Trier’s own statement:
Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.
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