Lars von Trier has had it, finally. After being declared “persona non grata” by the Cannes Film festival after statements he made at the Melancholia press conference, calling himself a Nazi, the Danish filmmaker has released a statement. He’s done speaking in public, period.
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.
This will be fine with Kirsten Dunst, who harbors hopes of following up her Cannes best actress win with a best actress Oscar nomination. She told me in Toronto that she was happy to handle the promo chores on the PA trail without Von Trier, who does not fly. This means that I am among the last journalists to sit down with the filmmaker one-on-one. We did his last interview in Cannes.
But he was doing phoners. Now Magnolia will have to open Melancholia without him. The more distance the better.