The Danish director, 60, caused outrage when he joked he had an affinity with the Nazis at a press conference promoting his film Melancholia at the 2011 event.

Cannes organisers subsequently released a statement declaring him "persona non-grata" at the festival, bringing to an end a long association that had seen von Trier win six prizes at Cannes, including its ultimate accolade, the Palme d'Or in 2000.

According to The Guardian newspaper however, the director revealed at a press conference announcing his new film The House That Jack Built that he is in talks to bring his new movie to the event next year (18).

On a possible Cannes return, he said, "I have talked to the people I know in Cannes and...yeah, maybe."

The original controversy occurred when he responded to a question about his German heritage. Before she died in 1989, the director's mother told him his real biological father was Fritz Hartmann, a Danish civil servant of German descent.

"I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew...Then it turned out that I was not a Jew...I found out that I was really a Nazi which also gave me some pleasure," he said at the 2011 press conference.

"What can I say? I understand Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end ...I sympathise with him, yes, a little bit."

Although he issued a swift apology, Cannes bosses condemned him, calling his comments, "unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival."

In 2014, he hit back by wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Cannes logo and the words, "Persona Non Grata, Official Selection" at the rival Berlin Film Festival.

Filming for The House That Jack Built is now underway in Sweden, with Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman set to star in the serial killer thriller.