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Lars von Trier to make a comeback in Cannes

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Seven years after he was declared a "persona non grata" at the Festival, filmmaker is set to return to the Croisette.

The director, who used to be a regular at the festival, was declared unwelcome at the festival following his controversial comments about during the 2011 press conference of "Melancholia".

The festival's artistic confirmed von Trier's return during an interview with 1, according to Deadline.

Fremaux said President has really worked over the past few days to "remove this persona non grata" status which von Trier received seven years ago, "thinking that it's maybe time to give him a spot again as a filmmaker".

The said, "There will maybe be an announcement" on von Trier's inclusion in the lineup, which was announced recently.

When asked whether he would not like to make an announcement during the interview, Fremaux said, "Well I sort of just did a little."

The festival had hinted during the lineup announcement that there would more additions in the coming weeks.

Von Trier's new movie "The House That Jack Built", starring Matt Dillon, Riley Keough, and Uma Thurman, is set in Washington State and covers the life and crimes of a serial killer over a 12-year period.

Von Trier has a long history with the festival, which is known for its fondness for auteurs. He won in 2011 for "In The Dark".

The film's star, Icelandic Bjork, had recently accused that an unnamed Danish had sexually harassed her but von Trier denied his involvement.

Fremaux also confirmed that competition regular will be a part of the jury headed by

The festival will run from May 8 to May 19.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:30 IST