Cannes Film Festival: Director Lars von Trier 'plots return' after ban

Duarte Garrido, Entertainment Reporter

Director Lars von Trier could be negotiating his return to the Cannes Film Festival, after being banned for making Nazi jokes.

Six years ago, the Danish star was declared a "persona non grata" at the biggest film festival in Europe.

Now, according to reports in The Guardian, the 60-year-old director, known for his graphic sex scenes and unconventional humour, has hinted he is in talks with organisers.

But will Cannes ever forgive him?

In 2011 Von Trier, who won the Palme d'Or for the 2000 film Dancer In The Dark, was invited to the festival to promote his movie Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst.

Answering a question about his German roots, the director joked about a time when he thought he was Jewish, but then realised he was a Nazi.

"I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew," he said in a press conference.

"Then it turned out that I was not a Jew. I found out that I was really a Nazi which also gave me some pleasure," he joked.

"What can I say? I understand Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end," he continues.

"I sympathise with him, yes, a little bit."

The monologue continued for a while longer, until the director finally concluded with "OK, I'm a Nazi".

He later apologised for his comments, but then retracted the apology and used an anti-Cannes T-shirt at the Berlin Film Festival, emblazoned with the words "Persona Non Grata".

Von Trier is now about to premiere his new movie The House That Jack Built, starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon.

According to the director, this will be "the most traditional film" he has ever made, and he scheduled it for a possible opening in Cannes.

"I have talked to the people I know in Cannes," he said.

"And, yeah, maybe."

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