Lars Von Trier Is Still Apologizing

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (L-R) Actresses Kirsten Dunst, director Lars Von Trier and Charlotte Gainsbourg attends the "Melancholia" photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2011 Getty Images

Although, to his credit, he's doing it much more earnestly now than in his first round of apologies. In response to his Hitler-featuring Cannes press conference, Lars now says: "In my opinion, freedom of speech, in all its shapes, is part of basic human rights. However, my comments during the festival's press conference were unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful. My intended point was that the potential for extreme cruelty, or the opposite, lies within every human being, whatever nationality, ethnicity, rank or religion. If we only explain historical disasters with the cruelty of individuals we destroy the possibility of understanding the human mechanisms, which in turn are necessary in order to avoid any future crimes against humanity." So, you see, it was much more of a history lesson, really, then a huge embarrassing public faux pas. [Guardian]