The Cannes Film Festival has declared Lars Von Trier a persona non grata in the wake of the Danish director called himself a Nazi and expressed sympathy for Hitler.
The festival board of directors made the announcement Thursday, a day after Von Trier's press conference.
"The Festival de Cannes provides artists from around the world with an exceptional forum to present their works and defend freedom of expression and creation," the Festival said in a statement. "The board of directors profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars von Trier to express comments that are unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival. The Board of Directors firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars von Trier a persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, with effect immediately."
The festival didn't elaborate whether his Palme d'Or contender "Melancholia" was still eligible for the prize.
Von Trier's remarks came in response to a question about his German roots. He said he "sympathized with Hitler, yes, a little bit" and referred to himself as "a Nazi."
Cannes fest execs issued a statement in response on Wednesday announcing that the fest was disturbed by von Trier's statements and had asked for an explanation: "The director states that he let himself be egged on by a provocation. He presents his apology. The festival acknowledges this and is passing on Lars von Trier's apology."
Von Trier added, "If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi."