• Lars Von Trier's comments at the Wednesday press conference for 'Melancholia,' in which he joked about sympathizing with Hitler and possibly being a Nazi, racked up even more controversy today. The Cannes Board of Directors declared Von Trier a "Persona Non Grata," meaning he is unable to physically collect any awards for his film, and his future with the festival is in question. Von Trier could also face legal action from France, where anti-Semitic remarks can lead to six months in prison or a €22,500 fine. indieWIRE reported on the latest development in this scandal.
  • There has been some confusion about the technicalities of becoming a "Persona Non Grata." It seems Von Trier would still be eligible to receive the Palme d'Or, but would be unable to attend the ceremony.

    • Speaking of the Palme d'Or, indieWIRE offered a round-up of the top five contenders for the coveted prize. Click here to read about the five front-runners, including 'Melancholia' and 'The Tree of Life.'

    • indieWIRE lead critic Eric Kohn reviewed Pedro Almodóvar's 'The Skin I Live In,' starring Antonio Banderas as a deranged plastic surgeon. Kohn was only so-so on the dark medical thriller, stating Almodóvar "lets the mess pile up and enjoys it." Kohn was a much bigger fan of Jafar Panahi's 'This Is Not a Film,' calling it "a moving expression of frustration, as well as an eloquent indictment of Iranian society."

    • The aftermath surrounding Von Trier's Nazi remarks has kept iW's blog network busy. Anne Thompson reported on the controversy as did The Playlist, who offered their opinion on the whole matter: "Yes, the director was being a prize ass, to the surprise of absolutely no-one. But we'd think that the official reprimand, and subsequent apology would have been the end of the story, without the need to blacklist the director. If Von Trier had stood up and outlined racial supremacist views, that would have been one thing, but he was nowhere near that, and even clarified his views at the time, and to ban Von Trier from the festival only a few days after parading Mel Gibson, a man on record as making genuinely racist and anti-Semitic statements, down the red carpet for the out-of-competition premiere of 'The Beaver,' a move designed to generate publicity just as much as Von Trier's comments were, is an act of staggering hypocrisy."
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