Director Lars von Trier sent shockwaves through the Cannes Film Festival today when he announced, "I'm a Nazi."
During a press conference for the film, von Trier told reporters, "I thought I was a Jew for a long time. I was very happy being a Jew." He continued, "I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out I was really a Nazi, because my family was German. Which also gave me some pleasure."
He went on to state that he felt sympathy for Hitler. "What can I say? I understand Hitler," he claimed. "I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely... but I understand much about him and I sympathize with him a little bit."
At this point, E! News reports, a "visibly uncomfortable" Dunst, who was also fielding questions at the media event, touched von Trier, as if attempting to quiet him.
Instead, von Trier concluded, "OK. I'm a Nazi."
The Nazi rant came after earlier remarks in the press conference when, asked what his next movie would be, von Trier joked that his next film would be a three-to-four-hour-long adult movie starring Dunst and Gainsbourg, featuring "lots of uncomfortable sex."
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