Lars Von Trier Could Return To Cannes After Being Banned For Offensive Hitler Comments

He wants to debut film inspired by "rat king" Donald Trump

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Controversial Danish Director Lars Von Trier is negotiating a return to Cannes after being denounced "person non grata" by organisers for his offensive Hitler remarks six years ago.

The 60-year-old auteur hopes to debut his new film The House That Jack Built - starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon - at the annual festival next year.

At a recent press conference in Sweden's Dalsland, he told reporters (via The Guardian): "I have talked to the people I know in Cannes and... yeah, maybe [it will debut there]."

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Producer Louise Veth also hinted that it had been loosely scheduled to premiere at Cannes.

The dark thriller follows the progression of a serial killer called Jack (Dillon) over a decade-long murder spree in 1970s America. The cast also features The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl and Mad Max: Fury Road's Riley Keough.

The provocative filmmaker previously said it was inspired by "rat king" Donald Trump and his rise to presidency.

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"The House That Jack Built celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus - the rat king," he explained to The Guardian.

Back at the festival in 2011 while promoting Melancholia with co-star Kirsten Dunst, Von Trier made remarks to the press about Nazism when asked about his German Roots.

"I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew," he told reporters. "Then it turned out that I was not a Jew... I found out that I was really a Nazi which also gave me some pleasure.

"What can I say? I understand Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end... I sympathise with him, yes, a little bit."

Dunst attempted to restrain him by touching his arm, but he continued: "But come on, I am not for the Second World War, and I am not against Jews.

"I am very much for Jews; well not too much because Israel is a pain in the ass. But still, how can I get out of this sentence... OK I'm a Nazi."

He later apologised for his comments, but went on to retract his apology.