Yesterday, 'Melancholia' director Lars von Trier caused quite a stir at the Cannes Film Festival with a series of thoughtless remarks where he called himself a Nazi who "understands Hitler ... I sympathize with him a bit."
Soon after, the director issued an apology, saying, "If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi."
However, that was not enough for the festival, which has expelled the director for his remarks. "The board of directors firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars Von Trier persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, with effect immediately," festival organizers said in a statement Thursday from Cannes.
A spokesperson for the festival said von Trier's acclaimed 'Melancholia' would remain in competition. Prior to his comments, many were calling the film a serious contender for the Palme d'Or. For a full rundown on the von Trier controversy, read on.