Deneuve 'shocked' by von Trier Nazi remarks, reaction

21st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

French screen legend Catherine Deneuve said Saturday she was "shocked" by Danish director Lars von Trier's remarks on the Nazis at Cannes, but also by the media frenzy over them after his apology.

Deneuve was asked about von Trier's comments Wednesday after the Cannes premiere of his film "Melancholia" in which he said he sympathised "a little bit" with Adolf Hitler, prompting the festival to expel him the next day.

"What he said is very shocking. What is even more shocking is the way people are using his statement," said Deneuve, who starred in von Trier's 2000 Palme d'Or winner "Dancer in the Dark".

"What shocks me about it all is the extravagant use apparently being made of what he said.

"I speak very quickly. I try to be very careful if something escapes me in a sentence that is picked up by a couple of journalists or some people with a camera, I know this can be used, quoted out of context, thrown onto the Internet and shown on the news time and again."

Last September, Deneuve denied making critical remarks attributed to her about France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Deneuve was in Cannes to present her latest movie, the musical melodrama "The Beloved" by Christophe Honore in which she co-stars with her daughter Chiara Mastroianni.

The film was the last to be shown at this year's festival, with the Palme d'Or to be awarded by jury president Robert De Niro at a gala ceremony on Sunday.

Although the festival declared von Trier "persona non grata", his film remains in competition for the top prizes.

© 2011 AFP

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