It turns out that Breivik was a big fan of Von Trier's film 'Dogville,' and may have used it as an inspiration for his killing spree that took 69 lives. The end of 'Dogville,' in which the citizens of a small town who have oppressed and abused Nicole Kidman are all gunned down at her command, bears striking similarities to Brevik's shooting rampage.
Von Trier now says that he regrets making the film, which was intended as a critique of American society.
In the Danish newspaper Politikien, Von Trier is quoted as saying. "If it was an inspiration, I'm sorry that I made it. I feel badly about thinking that 'Dogville,' which in my eyes is one of my most successful films, should have been a kind of script for him," Von Trier said. "It's horrific."
The director insists "my views are the complete opposite of Breivik and his deeds."
Breivik's Facebook page (which has since been taken down) listed 'Dogville' as his third favorite film, after 'Gladiator' and '300.'
[via Hollywood Elsewhere]