Cannes is set to add the newest film from Lars von Trier to its 2018 lineup, ending a seven-year ban of the controversial director at the film festival.
Von Trier was made persona non grata by Cannes after jokingly declaring himself a Nazi and expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler during a 2011 press conference for his Palme d’Or-nominated film Melancholia. At the time the Danish director’s comments were described by the Cannes board as “unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival”.
However, speaking to French radio station Europe 1, festival director Thierry Frémaux suggested that negotiations to lift Von Trier’s outcast status were ongoing and that an announcement regarding his latest film, The House That Jack Built, would be made in the coming days.
When asked to confirm whether that meant the film would feature in in the lineup, Frémaux replied: “I sort of did.”