Kirsten Dunst not looking too pleased with Lars Von Trier in Cannes. Photo credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Leave it to Lars von Trier to shake up La Croisette and keep journalists scrambling to keep up. As Brian Brooks reported in Cannes, “While this year he did not declare himself “the best film director in the world,” like he did back in 2009 in Cannes for “Antichrist,” he managed some rather blockbuster comments, leaving one journalist sitting next to indieWIRE to gasp as the press conference wrapped up, “There are so many headlines here, I don’t know where to go with this.” Boy was that guy right.
The ‘enfant terrible’ of Cannes really dug himself a big one talking to the press following “Melancholia”‘s unveiling. The next day Cannes declared him a ‘persona non grata.’ Heavy stuff. Predictably their action ignited a flurry of comments from our users.
Below are the top fives ones (seriously, we have the best readers):
5. “Ebert’s really annoying on Twitter.” — Kell Shults
4. “They welcomed Mel Gibson who pleaded no-contest to domestic battery but Lars makes a (admittedly poor and idiotic) joke and he’s banned from Cannes and kicked out of competition! This is total hypocrisy. This has been blown way, way out of all proportion.” — Seth Imis
3. “Von Trier makes complex and provocative films, but when speaking in public his impulse to be shocking always ends catastrophically. He has no gift for it, and if he had any sense, he’d take a cue from Malick and not do press. (Of course, if Malick ever talked to the press, I doubt he’d have anything shocking to say; he’d more likely lull the world to sleep).” — hypersquad
2. “Screw ‘em all – they’ll still line up at the box office. Way to go, Lars…” — Big Black.
1. “He’s a gimp. Kick him and his stupid film out of there. It’s all just crap anyway.” — JO