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Lars Von Trier Wants to Turn All His Movies Into Diamonds

Mr. von Trier has been notoriously press shy and somewhat reclusive for years, ever since what he called “an unfortunate press conference” meant to promote the release of “Melancholia” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. He jokingly said “I’m a Nazi” and added that he had sympathy for Adolf Hitler.

The uproar led to his temporary banishment from Cannes; he was charged with defamation in French court, a charge that carries a five-year prison sentence. The charges were subsequently dropped, and he has returned to Cannes; in 2018, he received a standing ovation when he presented his film, “The House that Jack Built.”

The fracas overshadowed and soured the reception to “Melancholia,” he said, although the film did receive the Best Film prize at the European Film Awards. Did he choose “Melancholia” as the first for his diamond project to give it a second shot at the spotlight?

“Maybe on a subconscious level,” he said.

As for his comments about Hitler, Mr. von Trier said that it was “a joke that didn’t travel well;” he didn’t believe anyone would take him seriously, adding, “I’m not a Nazi.”

“It’s the only press conference I ever had when I was sober,” he said. “It says a lot about the value of drinking before press conferences, otherwise you get so nervous that you suddenly say that you sympathize with Hitler. I wouldn’t recommend it.”

One of the things about diamonds that Mr. von Trier said first attracted him was Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel “Diamonds Are Forever,” in which a shopkeeper puts a sign in the window with that phrase, to attract buyers.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/arts/design/lars-von-trier-diamond-melancholia.html

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