March 26, 2017

Lars Von Trier’s Nazi comments officially costing him business


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: By most accounts, “Dancer In the Dark” director Lars Von Trier’s comments to Cannes press about being a Nazi and understanding Hitler were overblown. The controversial filmmaker takes certain pride in stirring the proverbial pot, so him saying something shocking to the media isn’t exactly shocking.

But the comments will cause him a bit of business.

Argentine distribution company DC has said that it has cancelled its deal to distribute “Melancholia,” Von Trier’s latest and the film he’s promoting in Cannes, because of the director’s ludicrous statements.

“In view of the unacceptable statements expressed by filmmaker Lars Von Trier at [the] 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,” the company said in a statement.

In light of the reaction to the statements, Von Trier did issue a statement saying he was “not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi,” but it kind of sounds like too little too late. This cat’s out of the bag. We’ll see how it continues to affect “Melancholia” as it works its way to wider release later this year.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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