Lars von Trier questioned over ‘Nazi’ comments and withdraws from interviews

Director makes decision after being quizzed by police over controversial Cannes remarks

Lars von Trier has announced his withdrawal from all public statements and interviews.

The Melancholia director revealed that police in Denmark had begun an investigation into comments he made at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Von Trier sparked caused a worldwide storm, and was thrown out of the prestigious festival, when he joked that he was a Nazi.

As a result, he has decided not to agree to any more interviews.

The director’s statement reads: “Today at 2pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes.

“The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realised that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.”

The director said in May: “I 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.

“What can I say? I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things, yes absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker at the end… I think I understand the man. He’s not what you would call a good guy. But I understand much about him and I sympathise with him a little bit.”