Director booted out of Cannes for calling himself a Nazi, identifying with Hitler; the 55-year-old was brought up thinking he was Jewish until his mother revealed his German heritage on her deathbed.
By Uri Klein
CANNES, France - Lars von Trier, the award-winning director who was kicked out of the Cannes Film Festival for telling reporters he "understood" Hitler, was upended by his Danish sense of humor, he told Haaretz in an interview yesterday.
Von Trier caused an uproar at a press conference on Wednesday when he jokingly declared himself a Nazi. The 55-year-old was brought up thinking he was Jewish until his mother revealed his German heritage on her deathbed.
"I lived most of my life as a Jew. I wore a skullcap when I had to and laid stones on tombstones in cemeteries. My mother wasn't Jewish, but my father, or the man I thought was my father, was. But then I found
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