Cannes Bans Controversial Comedy The Anti-Semite
A year after Lars von Trier was publicly castigated for making a Hitler joke at Cannes, the festival has banned a controversial comedy by French comedian/provocateur Dieudonné. Entitled The Anti-Semite, the film was scheduled to play not in the official festival but in the Cannes Film Market, but outrage over its content — including mockery of Auschwitz and Dieudonné in Nazi dress — led the organization to scrap screenings.
According to Agence France-Presse, the film includes "images deriding Auschwitz," "Dieudonne's violent and alcoholic character dressed as a Nazi officer for a fancy dress party," and "Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson [appearing] as himself."
Produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center, The Anti-Semite stars Dieudonné, who has been charged numerous times for violating European laws with his controversial statements and performances, including one recent show in France that was halted mid-performance by authorities "for breaking local defamation laws."
As for the Cannes screening, the Cannes Film Market's Jerome Paillard explained the move thusly: "Our general conditions ban the presence of all films threatening public order or religious convictions, as well as pornographic films or those inciting violence."