The Hollywood Reporter spoke exclusively to Jean-Michel Cailleau, Grasse’s public prosecutor, who says “the case has been officially closed,” meaning Lars von Trier will not be charged for his infamous statements at the Cannes Film Festival during a press conference for his film “Melancholia.” Authorities in Grasse had officially charged the director with “justifying war crimes” in August.
“There was no intention on the part of Mr. Von Trier to commit the act of ‘justifying war crimes’,” Cailleau said.
Despite the statements, “Melancholia” won Kirsten Dunst the festival’s Best Actress award and the film has gone on to be a major awards contender. As a result of the whole debacle, von Trier has said that he will never again speak with the press.