DC, the Argentine distribution company, have said that they will not release Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia following Nazi fuelled remarks which were made by the directory at yesterday’s press conference.
In response to a question regards his German acenstry, Von Trier claimed that he understands Hitler;
“I think he did some wrong things, but I can see him sitting in his bunker. I’m saying that I think I understand the man. He is not what I would call a good guy, but yeah, I understand much about him and sympathise with him.”
The DC statement, which was co-signed by both president and head of the company, read as follows:
“In view of the unacceptable statements expressed by filmmaker Lars Von Trier at today’s press conference in the Cannes Film Festival and his evident Nazi declaration – which is offensive for the Jewish people and human kind in general, Distribution Company SA, owner of the distribution rights for the film Melancholia in the Southern Cone, has decided to cancel the contract that linked it to the film.
We clearly condemn Mr. Lars Von Trier’s statements and will not support or release his film in the country.”
Kirsten Dunst was seated beside Von Trier during the press conference and looked visibily uncomfortable at the director’s ramblings. He was, of course, joking but clearly it is not a subject to make light of in the eyes of DC in Argentina. It remains to be seen whether the movie will face a similar fate is other regions.
The director pretty much answered nothing with any sense of normality during the press conference. Over at NYMag they have compiled a list of the 10 most controversial things that he said during the 30 minutes. Here is a selection of our favourites:
“I would like to talk about my next film, which is, Kirsten insisted, going to be a porn film.”
When asked if he’d like to do a blockbuster:
“Yes. We Nazis like to do things on a big scale. Maybe I could do the Final Solution.”
On whether he likes Melancholia:
“Maybe it’s crap. I hope not. But there is quite a big possibility that it might be really not worth seeing.”
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This article was first posted on May 19, 2011