NEW YORK (AP) — Seven years after being banned by the Cannes Film Festival for jokingly calling himself a Nazi, Danish director Lars von Trier has been invited back to the French festival.
Von Trier was declared “persona non grata” by Cannes after expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler in a 2011 press conference for his film “Melancholia.” But Cannes on Thursday announced that Von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built” will play out of competition at next month’s festival. The film stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer.
Von Trier has regularly been a figure of controversy in Cannes and elsewhere. In October, Icelandic singer Bjork said he sexually harassed her during the making of 2000’s “Dancer in the Dark.” Von Trier has denied the allegations.