Von Trier 'blew a fuse' with Hitler remark: French minister

19th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The French culture minister backed the decision Thursday to expel Lars von Trier from the Cannes film festival, saying the Danish director "blew a fuse" when he made "unacceptable" remarks about Hitler.

"This was disgraceful, unacceptable," Frederic Mitterrand told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union culture ministers in Brussels.

"His remarks and the way he said them, this type of provocation does not have a place in the festival, or anywhere else for that matter," Mitterrand said.

The Cannes festival declared von Trier "persona non grata" after the Danish director told a press conference that he sympathised "a little bit" with Adolf Hitler, but kept his film in competition.

"The film stays in the competition because there is a major difference between a film that was chosen in a calm atmosphere... and a director who clearly blew a fuse, which already happened to him before under different circumstances," Mitterrand said.

Von Trier, a frequent provocateur, apologised on Wednesday after telling a press conference following a screening of his apocalyptic new picture "Melancholia" that he understood the Nazi leader.

© 2011 AFP

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