Friday, April 12, 2024

Hitler-Friendly Lars von Trier Stays Away from “Melancholia” NY Premiere


Danish director Lars von Trier did everyone a favor Monday and stayed away from the New York Film Festival premiere of “Melancholia.” After making his infamous Hitler and Nazi remarks in Cannes last May, von Trier knew better than to poke around in churning waters. Stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Alexander Skarsgard showed up, which was just fine. Dunst won Best Actress in Cannes, and certainly merits awards attention this season. “Melancholia” is a very good film, and one that is hard to shake from memory. Kirsten looked terrific, and told us at the DeLeon Tequila after party at Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Center that once she finishes “Bachelorette,” she’s taking the holidays off before starting another film. Skarsgard is off to shoot “The East” before returning to “True Blood.” When I asked him how he was handling being the object of so much female attention, he just smiled and said, “I’m enjoying it.” He’s a nice guy…


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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