Fellow auteur Terrence Malick has overshadowed Lars Von Trier thus far at this year's Cannes film festival, but that's unlikely to continue now that Von Trier has said he understands Hitler.
Von Trier made the comments at a press conference in response to a question about the use of Wagner in his new film Melancholia. Per the AP, the director "launched into a rambling train of thoughts" about making a porno film with Melancholia performers Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg (who were seated next to him at the time) and how he "really wanted to be a Jew, and then I found out that I was really a Nazi, because, you know, my family was German." (You can watch the video here.)
He continued: "What can I say? I understand Hitler, but I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely. But I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end, He's not what you would call a good guy, but I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little bit. But come on, I'm not for the Second World War, and I'm not against Jews. ..."
For some reason, he also showed up to the press conference with the letters F-U-C-K written across his knuckles, which he proudly showed off during the Melancholia photocall.