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Director von Trier sickened by Norway killer’s praise

COPENHAGEN - Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier said he feels “excessively sick” that the self-confessed perpetrator of the Norway massacres named “Dogville” as one of his favorite films.

The right-wing Norwegian extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who has claimed responsibility for the deaths of 77 people, listed on his Facebook profile von Trier’s 2003 film, starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, as one of his top three favorites.

“It makes me excessively sick when I think that ‘Dogville’ - for me my best film - could have been used as a sort of script for him. It’s horrible,” the filmmaker told Denmark’s daily Politiken newspaper.

“The last scene of Dogville bears painful similarities with Utoeya,” the Danish director said, referring to the island near Oslo where Breivik opened fire on a summer camp, killing 69 people.

“You’re asking me if I’m sad for having made this film? Yes, if it’s proved to have inspired him, I’m sorry for having made it,” he said, explaining that the film’s intention was to educate the public, not inspire violence.

In the interview on the paper’s Web site late Friday, von Trier argued that Breivik was clearly influenced by the ideologies of Denmark’s extreme-right PPD political party.

“For several years there has been a strong tradition in Denmark of fearing Islam,” he said.

He alleged the PPD “has committed atrocities in using legislation to harass this minority and they have a political line that corresponds to the one professed by Behring Breivik.”

Breivik believed he was fighting to protect Europe against an Islamic invasion, according to his lawyer.

“This racism,” von Trier said, “has spread to other Nordic countries and it was installed in Behring Breivik’s conscience and without a doubt it gave him the justification that he needed”.

“I can’t help but think that as a nation we bear some responsibility in the Norwegian tragedy,” he added.

He asked PPD chief Pia Kjaersgaard “to admit his responsibility in what happened in Norway.”

Von Trier, known for making provocative comments, was declared persona non grata at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, after saying he understood Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and sympathized with him “a little bit.”


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폰 트리에 "내 영화가 학살극 대본?…끔찍해"

노르웨이 테러범, `도그빌` 좋아한다 밝혀

덴마크의 라스 폰 트리에 영화감독은 자신의 작품이 노르웨이 테러범 아네르스 베링 브레이비크가 좋아하는 영화 중 하나로 꼽은 사실에 대해 "깊은 슬픔"을 느낀다고 말했다고 현지 언론이 29일 보도했다.

77명의 목숨을 앗아간 브레이비크가 자신의 페이스북에 가장 좋아하는 영화 세 편 중 하나로 밝힌 `도그빌`(2003)은 니콜 키드먼 주연으로 자신을 학대한 마을 사람들을 살해해 복수한다는 내용이다.

폰 트리에 감독은 일간 폴리티켄과의 인터뷰에서 "고통스럽게도 영화의 마지막 장면은 우퇴위아 섬에서 벌어진 일과 유사하다"고 말했다.

그는 "내 작품 중 최고로 생각하는 도그빌이 그에게는 (학살극의) 대본으로 사용됐을 수 있다고 생각하니 끔찍하다"고 심정을 토로했다.

이어 "이 영화를 만든 데 슬픔을 느끼느냐고 묻는다면 나의 대답은 `예스`(yes)"라며 "영화가 브레이비크에게 자극을 준 것으로 드러나면 나는 유감을 가질 수밖에 없다"라고 말했다.

폰 트리에 감독은 "영화의 의도는 대중에게 폭력을 알리자는 데 있었지 그것을 부추기자는 것은 아니었다"라고 강조했다.

그는 브레이비크가 덴마크 극우정당 PPD의 이데올로기의 영향을 받은 것이 분명하다며 정당 지도자가 노르웨이 테러에 상당한 책임을 져야 한다고 주장했다.

그는 "덴마크에는 여러 해 동안 이슬람을 두렵게 여기도록 하는 흐름이 존재해 왔다"면서 PPD가 입법활동을 통해 소수자들을 겁주고 있으며 브레이비크가 고백한 것과 같은 정치 노선을 갖고 있다고 덧붙였다.

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