Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier ( born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective, although his own films have taken a variety of different approaches. He is known for his female-centric parables and his exploration of controversial subject matter. Von Trier began making his own films at the age of 11 after receiving a Super-8 camera as a gift, and his first publicly released film was an experimental short called The Orchid Gardener, in 1977. His first feature film came seven years later, The Element of Crime, in 1984. As of 2010, he has directed a further 10 feature films, 5 short films and 4 television productions. He has been married twice and is currently married to Bente Frøge. Von Trier suffers periodically from depression, as well as various fears and phobias, including an intense fear of flying. As he himself once put it, "Basically, I'm afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking".

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Antichrist (2009)

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A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Charlotte Gainsbourg  •  Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Charlotte Gainsbourg  •  Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Trespassing Bergman (2013)

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. A group of very special cinephiles, came from all over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson  •  Harriet Andersson

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. A group of very special cinephiles, came from all over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson  •  Harriet Andersson

Breaking the Waves (1996)

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In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Jean-Marc Barr

In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Jean-Marc Barr

Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Björk  •  Catherine Deneuve  •  David Morse  •  Peter Stormare

Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Björk  •  Catherine Deneuve  •  David Morse  •  Peter Stormare

Dogville (2003)

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A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Harriet Andersson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Jean-Marc Barr

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Harriet Andersson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Jean-Marc Barr

Manderlay (2005)

In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and tries to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Bryce Dallas Howard  •  Isaach De Bankolé  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Danny Glover

In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and tries to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Bryce Dallas Howard  •  Isaach De Bankolé  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Danny Glover

The Element of Crime (1984)

Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Michael Elphick  •  Esmond Knight  •  Me Me Lai  •  Jerold Wells

Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Michael Elphick  •  Esmond Knight  •  Me Me Lai  •  Jerold Wells

The Five Obstructions (2003)

Lars von Trier challenges his mentor, filmmaker Jørgen Leth, to remake Leth’s 1967 short film The Perfect Human five times, each with a different set of bizarre and challenging rules.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier  •  Jørgen Leth
CAST:  Claus Nissen  •  Lars von Trier  •  Majken Algren Nielsen  •  Jacqueline Arenal

Lars von Trier challenges his mentor, filmmaker Jørgen Leth, to remake Leth’s 1967 short film The Perfect Human five times, each with a different set of bizarre and challenging rules.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier  •  Jørgen Leth
CAST:  Claus Nissen  •  Lars von Trier  •  Majken Algren Nielsen  •  Jacqueline Arenal

The Idiots (1998)

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With his first Dogma-95 film director Lars von Trier opens up a completely new film platform. With a mix of home-video and documentary styles the film tells the story of a group of young people who have decided to get to know their “inner-idiots” and thus not only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Bodil Jørgensen  •  Jens Albinus  •  Anne Louise Hassing  •  Troels Lyby

With his first Dogma-95 film director Lars von Trier opens up a completely new film platform. With a mix of home-video and documentary styles the film tells the story of a group of young people who have decided to get to know their “inner-idiots” and thus not only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Bodil Jørgensen  •  Jens Albinus  •  Anne Louise Hassing  •  Troels Lyby

The Kingdom (1994)

Set in the neurosurgical ward of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet, the city and country's main hospital, nicknamed "Riget", a number of characters, staff and patients alike, encounter bizarre phenomena, both human and supernatural.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier  •  Morten Arnfred
CAST:  Udo Kier  •  Ernst-Hugo Järegård  •  Laura Christensen  •  Baard Owe

Set in the neurosurgical ward of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet, the city and country's main hospital, nicknamed "Riget", a number of characters, staff and patients alike, encounter bizarre phenomena, both human and supernatural.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier  •  Morten Arnfred
CAST:  Udo Kier  •  Ernst-Hugo Järegård  •  Laura Christensen  •  Baard Owe

Europa (1991)

Postwar Germany, 1945. Leopold Kessler, an American of German descent, works as a sleeping car conductor for the Zentropa railway line. When he meets Katharina Hartmann, the railroad owner's daughter, and they fall in love, his life intersects with the dark and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Jean-Marc Barr  •  Barbara Sukowa  •  Udo Kier  •  Ernst-Hugo Järegård

Postwar Germany, 1945. Leopold Kessler, an American of German descent, works as a sleeping car conductor for the Zentropa railway line. When he meets Katharina Hartmann, the railroad owner's daughter, and they fall in love, his life intersects with the dark and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Jean-Marc Barr  •  Barbara Sukowa  •  Udo Kier  •  Ernst-Hugo Järegård

Epidemic (1987)

A director and a screenwriter write a screenplay together about a globally spreading epidemic. Unbeknownst to them, an outbreak develops around them in the real world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Lars von Trier  •  Niels Vørsel  •  Michael Simpson  •  Claes Kastholm Hansen

A director and a screenwriter write a screenplay together about a globally spreading epidemic. Unbeknownst to them, an outbreak develops around them in the real world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Lars von Trier  •  Niels Vørsel  •  Michael Simpson  •  Claes Kastholm Hansen

… But Film Is My Mistress (2010)

Guided by Liv Ullmann and with commentaries from a number of prominent filmmakers for whom Bergman is and remains an important influence - such as Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arnaud Desplechin, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stig Björkman
CAST:  Ingmar Bergman  •  Sven Nykvist  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Woody Allen

Guided by Liv Ullmann and with commentaries from a number of prominent filmmakers for whom Bergman is and remains an important influence - such as Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arnaud Desplechin, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stig Björkman
CAST:  Ingmar Bergman  •  Sven Nykvist  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Woody Allen

Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)

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The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman's care.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Charlotte Gainsbourg  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Udo Kier

The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman's care.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Charlotte Gainsbourg  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Udo Kier

The Trip to Squash Land (1967)

The earliest recognized film by Lars Trier (made in his youth before he adopted the "von") is this stop motion cartoon, Turen til Squach land… En Super Pølse film (Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage film).  (more)

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The earliest recognized film by Lars Trier (made in his youth before he adopted the "von") is this stop motion cartoon, Turen til Squach land… En Super Pølse film (Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage film).  (more)

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Good Night, Dear (1968)

Lars von Trier himself has one of the lead roles in this short film about a bank employee being subjected to a brutal robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier himself has one of the lead roles in this short film about a bank employee being subjected to a brutal robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Lars von Trier

Why Try to Escape from That Which You Know You Can't Escape From? Because You Are a Coward (1970)

A man is being haunted by a masked stranger. The only language used in the movie comes from three (inter) title cards and a few sentences of sermon-like talk in Danish. Some of the talk is modified citations from the bible and similar sources.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
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A man is being haunted by a masked stranger. The only language used in the movie comes from three (inter) title cards and a few sentences of sermon-like talk in Danish. Some of the talk is modified citations from the bible and similar sources.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
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A Flower (1971)

A boy grows a seed into a flower while the world around him marches on.  (more)

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A boy grows a seed into a flower while the world around him marches on.  (more)

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Menthe: The Benefactor (1979)

Based on the sadomasochistic novel by Dominique Aury, "Story of O", tells the story of a voluntary female submission.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Inger Hvidtfeldt  •  Annette Linnet  •  Carl-Henrik Trier  •  Lars von Trier

Based on the sadomasochistic novel by Dominique Aury, "Story of O", tells the story of a voluntary female submission.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Inger Hvidtfeldt  •  Annette Linnet  •  Carl-Henrik Trier  •  Lars von Trier

Dogville: The Pilot (2003)

Dogville: The Pilot was shot during 2001 in the pre-production phase to test whether the concept of chalk lines and sparse scenery would work. The 15-minute pilot film starred Danish actors Sidse Babett Knudsen (as Grace) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (as Tom).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Sidse Babett Knudsen  •  Nikolaj Lie Kaas  •  Jens Albinus  •  Michael Larsen

Dogville: The Pilot was shot during 2001 in the pre-production phase to test whether the concept of chalk lines and sparse scenery would work. The 15-minute pilot film starred Danish actors Sidse Babett Knudsen (as Grace) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (as Tom).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Sidse Babett Knudsen  •  Nikolaj Lie Kaas  •  Jens Albinus  •  Michael Larsen
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