Lars von Trier returning to Cannes Film Festival after seven with ‘The House That Jack built’

Lars von Trier is back in. The Cannes Film Festival has announced an updated selection lineup that welcomes the controversial Danish director back into the fold after a seven-year ban.

Lars von Trier returning to Cannes Film Festival after seven with 'The House That Jack built'

Danish director Lars von Trier has been invited back to the Cannes Film Festival. (Axel Schmidt / Associated Press)

In 2011, Lars Von Trier spoke about his heritage at a Cannes press conference. Having learned that he had both German and Jewish roots, he joked, “I understandHitler” and “I was really a Nazi.”

Von Trier quickly apologized for his statements, but told the Los Angeles Times: “All apologies to me are nonsense. It’s saying, ‘I did something wrong.’ But what does that help? I think it makes the whole situation much worse.”

The director has also had accusations levied against him sparked by the #MeToo movement. In October, actress and musician Björk alleged that Von Trier had harassed her during the filming of “Dancer in the Dark.”

Von Trier denied the accusations.

The director’s “The House That Jack Built,” starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, is playing out of competition next month and is his first showing at the festival since 2011’s “Melancholia.”

Several other films were added to the Cannes lineup as well, most notably Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a film two decades in the making.

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival runs May 8-20.

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