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Von Trier retracts Hitler apology

Lars von Trier is taking back his apology for saying at the Cannes Film Festival that he sympathised with Adolf Hitler.

Earlier this year at Cannes, the Danish director said he had believed he was Jewish until his mother told him on her deathbed that he wasn't.

He said his German ancestry made him "sympathise with (Hitler) a little bit". He added that he supports Jews.

Von Trier, who was showcasing his film Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst, later apologised - but was banned for the rest of the festival.

Now, in the October issue of GQ magazine in the US, von Trier says he's not sorry, only that he wishes he had made clear he was joking.

He says: "I can't be sorry for what I said. It's against my nature."

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