(CANNES, France) -- Melancholia director Lars Von Trier caused a firestorm of controversy during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday morning, when he launched into an anti-semitic rant.
While his stars, including Kirsten Dunst looked on in horror, Von Trier stated he "understands" Hitler.
At one point, Dunst tried to get him to stop, but he continued, "I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely, but I can see him in his bunker -- No, there will come a point at the end of this, I will come, I will -- No, I'm just saying that, that, that uh, I think I understand the man. He's not what you'd call a good guy, but I, yeah, I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little bit."
When the interview ends, Dunst reportedly chastised him off-mic, calling his statements "intense."
Von Trier then replied, "Oh, come on!"
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