Even without personal experience to go off of, we're fairly certain that sympathizing with Nazis in a public forum is a pretty terrible idea. After getting banned from the Cannes Film Festival for that very reason while promoting his latest film 'Melancholia,' one would think writer/director Lars Von Trier would have realized this fact of life by now.

But when prompted about his controversial comments during a recent Q&A in Berlin, Von Trier was still on the defensive about why he "understands Hitler."

According to Von Trier:
There was a point to this whole thing. I think history shows that we are all Nazis somewhere, and there are a lot of things that can be suddenly set free, and the mechanics behind this setting-free is something we really should really investigate, and the way we do not investigate it is to make it a taboo to talk about it."
To his credit, he did apologize for his initial comments, but it doesn't seem like Von Trier is going to backpedal on the matter any time soon.

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter to read more on Von Trier's comments, why he casted Kiefer Sutherland in 'Melancholia,' and the sexual deviancy of his upcoming film, 'Nymphomaniac.'

So what do you think about Von Trier's defense of his comments at Cannes?

[via THR]

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