France Won't Prosecute Lars von Trier Over Hitler Comments

We thought French authorities were overreacting a tad when they decided to pursue criminal charges against Lars von Trier, who apparently violated a law that prohibits justifying war crimes when he acknowledged that he identified with Hitler at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. Now, thankfully, those same authorities agree. “In my clear opinion von Trier should not be prosecuted,” Grasse public prosecutor Jean-Michel Cailleau told a Danish paper. The case has reportedly been closed, and the filmmaker is no longer at risk of serving a five-year prison sentence. For Melancholia fans like us, who can’t imagine waiting half a decade for von Trier’s next masterpiece, this is good news indeed. Now, if only we could get him to start giving interviews again. [via TheWrap]