Lars von Trier
Danish film director and screenwriter
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- I really wanted to be a Jew, and then I found out that I was really a Nazi, because, you know, my family was German, which also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler, but I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely. But I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end. He's not what you would call a good guy, but I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little bit. But come on, I'm not for the Second World War, and I'm not against Jews, no, not even Susanne Bier. I am of course very much for Jews. No, not too much, because Israel is a pain in the ass. But still, how can I get out of this sentence?
- Cannes Film Festival, 2011.
- Quoted in Cannes Film Festival: Von Trier apologizes for Hitler comments, Haaretz, 18 May, 2011; Cannes bans von Trier over Nazi remarks, Toronto Sun.