Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier
A Danish film director and screenwriter with a prolific and controversial career spanning almost four decades. His work is known for its genre and technical innovation; confrontational examination of existential, social, and political issues; and his treatment of subjects such as mercy, sacrifice, and mental health.
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100
awards
200
nominations
Born April 30 in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, to Fritz Michael Hartmann and Inger Høst. Later on, his mother married Ulf Triet and Lars adopted the surname of his stepfather. His biological father was the head of Ministry of Social Affairs in Denmark.
His first publicly released film was an experimental short called The Orchid Gardener. The film consists of a series of scenes, the chronological order of which is ambiguous, loosely relaying the experiences of the protagonist Victor Marse (Lars von Trier), whose actual name is Felimann von Marseburg
Von Trier graduated the National Film School of Denmark. He was born Lars Trier, but while in school he added the prefix von—traditionally an indicator of membership in the aristocracy—to his surname in an attempt to be provocative.
His first feature film came seven years later, The Element of Crime, von Trier's breakthrough film, received twelve awards at seven international festivals including the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes, and a nomination for the Palme d'Or.
In 1989, on her deathbed, Trier's mother revealed to her son that his biological father was Fritz Michael Hartmann who was German-speaking, Roman Catholic. Till then Trier considered Ulf Trier to be his real father.
Trier along with his producer friend, Peter Aalbaek started a Danish film company, Zentropa Entertainment, which has sold more than 350 million tickets and garnered seven Academy Award nominations over the past 25 years.
Von Trier and Danish director Thomas Vinterberg wrote a manifesto for a purist film movement called Dogme 95. Participating directors took what the group dubbed the Vow of Chastity, which bound them to a list of tenets that, among other things, forbade the use of any props or effects not natural to the film's setting in order to achieve a straightforward form of narrative-based realism.
Trier wrote and directed 'Breaking the Waves' a story about an unconventional couple who breaks the stereotype of marriage. The plot of the movie revolves around a woman, who is asked by her husband to have intimate relations with other men, when he is left immobilized after an accident.
Lars landed into trouble because of an interview he gave to a journalist. When 'Melancholia' was premiered at Cannes, a journalist questioned him about his German roots. Since Trier had recently discovered that his father wasn't a Jew, he jokingly commented that he sympathized with Hitler.

This caused a stir in the media and festival decided to ban him for one year. After constant apologies from the director and also his actors the festival lifted the ban and his films were welcomed once again.
Born April 30 in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, to Fritz Michael Hartmann and Inger Høst. Later on, his mother married Ulf Triet and Lars adopted the surname of his stepfather. His biological father was the head of Ministry of Social Affairs in Denmark.
His first publicly released film was an experimental short called The Orchid Gardener. The film consists of a series of scenes, the chronological order of which is ambiguous, loosely relaying the experiences of the protagonist Victor Marse (Lars von Trier), whose actual name is Felimann von Marseburg
Von Trier graduated the National Film School of Denmark. He was born Lars Trier, but while in school he added the prefix von—traditionally an indicator of membership in the aristocracy—to his surname in an attempt to be provocative.
His first feature film came seven years later, The Element of Crime, von Trier's breakthrough film, received twelve awards at seven international festivals including the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes, and a nomination for the Palme d'Or.
In 1989, on her deathbed, Trier's mother revealed to her son that his biological father was Fritz Michael Hartmann who was German-speaking, Roman Catholic. Till then Trier considered Ulf Trier to be his real father.
Trier along with his producer friend, Peter Aalbaek started a Danish film company, Zentropa Entertainment, which has sold more than 350 million tickets and garnered seven Academy Award nominations over the past 25 years.
Von Trier and Danish director Thomas Vinterberg wrote a manifesto for a purist film movement called Dogme 95. Participating directors took what the group dubbed the Vow of Chastity, which bound them to a list of tenets that, among other things, forbade the use of any props or effects not natural to the film's setting in order to achieve a straightforward form of narrative-based realism.
Trier wrote and directed 'Breaking the Waves' a story about an unconventional couple who breaks the stereotype of marriage. The plot of the movie revolves around a woman, who is asked by her husband to have intimate relations with other men, when he is left immobilized after an accident.
Lars landed into trouble because of an interview he gave to a journalist. When 'Melancholia' was premiered at Cannes, a journalist questioned him about his German roots. Since Trier had recently discovered that his father wasn't a Jew, he jokingly commented that he sympathized with Hitler.
This caused a stir in the media and festival decided to ban him for one year. After constant apologies from the director and also his actors the festival lifted the ban and his films were welcomed once again.
The Depression trilogy
The Depression trilogy consists of Antichrist, Melancholia, and Nymphomaniac. This trilogy is said to represent the depression that Trier himself experiences.
2009
Avant-Garde, Drama
2011
Drama
2013
Avant-Garde, Drama
The Depression trilogy
The Depression trilogy consists of Antichrist, Melancholia, and Nymphomaniac. This trilogy is said to represent the depression that Trier himself experiences.
2009
Avant-Garde, Drama
2011
Drama
2013
Avant-Garde, Drama
Antichrist
2009
In this highly controversial psychodrama, a heartbroken couple grieving the loss of their child attempts to find peace and sanity in the relationship through a trip to their cabin in the woods. But nature reveals its dark roots as things begin to spiral downwards.
The script was finished and filmed without much enthusiasm… The work on the script did not follow my usual modus operandi. Scenes were added for no reason. Images were composed free of logic or dramatic thinking. They often came from dreams I was having at the time, or dreams I'd had earlier in my life.
Once again, the subject was "nature" but in a different and more direct way than before… The film does not contain any specific moral code and only has what some might call 'the bare necessities' in the way of a plot…
Charlotte Gainsbourg
as She
Willem Dafoe
as He
In any case, I can offer no excuse for "Antichrist". Other than my absolute belief in the film…
Lars von Trier
Antichrist
2009
In this highly controversial psychodrama, a heartbroken couple grieving the loss of their child attempts to find peace and sanity in the relationship through a trip to their cabin in the woods. But nature reveals its dark roots as things begin to spiral downwards.
The script was finished and filmed without much enthusiasm… The work on the script did not follow my usual modus operandi. Scenes were added for no reason. Images were composed free of logic or dramatic thinking. They often came from dreams I was having at the time, or dreams I'd had earlier in my life.
Once again, the subject was "nature" but in a different and more direct way than before… The film does not contain any specific moral code and only has what some might call 'the bare necessities' in the way of a plot…
Charlotte Gainsbourg
as She
Willem Dafoe
as He
In any case, I can offer no excuse for "Antichrist". Other than my absolute belief in the film…
Lars von Trier
Awards
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress
Palme d'Or
Winner
Nominee
Bodil Awards
Best Danish Film
Winner
Robert Awards
Best Danish Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Winner
European Film Awards
European Cinematographer European Actress
European Director
Winner
Nominee
Nominee
Melancholia
2011
A beautiful movie about the end of the world.
Melancholia's dramatic tricks are more obvious than they should be, but this is otherwise a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting and for Lars von Trier's profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.
Justine and Michael celebrate their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine's sister Claire and brother-in-law John. Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth threatening the very existence of humankind...
About the film
Justine
Claire
Michael
John
Kirsten Dunst
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Alexander Skarsgard
Kiefer Sutherland
Von Trier's initial inspiration for the film came from a depressive episode he suffered
Melancholia
2011
A beautiful movie about the end of the world.
Melancholia's dramatic tricks are more obvious than they should be, but this is otherwise a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting and for Lars von Trier's profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.
Justine and Michael celebrate their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine's sister Claire and brother-in-law John. Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth threatening the very existence of humankind...
About the film
Justine
Claire
Michael
John
Kirsten Dunst
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Alexander Skarsgard
Kiefer Sutherland
Von Trier's initial inspiration for the film came from a depressive episode he suffered
Awards
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress
Palme d'Or
Winner
Nominee
Bodil Awards
Best Danish Film
Winner
European Film Awards
Best Film
European Director
Winner
Nominee
Gopo Awards
Best European Film
Winner
Robert Awards
Best Danish Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Winner
SESC Film Festival
Best Foreign Film
(Critics Award)
Winner
Nymphomaniac
2013
Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who is found badly beaten by a man named Seligman. As she's nursed back to health, Joe recounts her sexual life history from girlhood to present day.
Nymphomaniac: volume I is the story of Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman, who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood.
Nymphomaniac: volume II continues with the story of the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe and her adulthood, during which her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications.
About the film
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Stellan Skarsgård
Stacy Martin
Shia LaBeouf
Christian Slater
Jamie Bell
Uma Thurman
Willem Dafoe
Mia Goth
Sophie Kennedy Clark
Connie Nielsen
Michael Pas
Jean-Marc Barr
Udo Kier
'Provocative, funny, smart, wry and challenging. A remarkable project brimming with bold performances'
Mark Adams, Screen
Theatrical release posters for Volume I and Volume II
Nymphomaniac
2013
Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who is found badly beaten by a man named Seligman. As she's nursed back to health, Joe recounts her sexual life history from girlhood to present day.
Nymphomaniac: volume I is the story of Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman, who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood.
Nymphomaniac: volume II continues with the story of the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe and her adulthood, during which her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications.
About the film
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Stellan Skarsgård
Stacy Martin
Shia LaBeouf
Christian Slater
Jamie Bell
Uma Thurman
Willem Dafoe
Mia Goth
Sophie Kennedy Clark
Connie Nielsen
Michael Pas
Jean-Marc Barr
Udo Kier
'Provocative, funny, smart, wry and challenging. A remarkable project brimming with bold performances'
Mark Adams, Screen
Theatrical release posters for Volume I and Volume II
Awards
Bodil Awards
Best Actress
Winner
European Film Awards
Audience Award
Nominee
Village Voice Film Poll
Best Supporting Actress
Nominee
Robert Awards
Best Danish Film
Best Director Won
Best Screenplay
Winner
Filmography
Confrontational provocateur Lars von Trier has, over a prolific filmmaking career now bridging nearly four decades, amassed an admirable, distinct, powerful, and frequently polarizing body of work.
From 1977 to 2018
Filmography
Confrontational provocateur Lars von Trier has, over a prolific filmmaking career now bridging nearly four decades, amassed an admirable, distinct, powerful, and frequently polarizing body of work.
From 1977 to 2018
The Orchid Gardener
1977
Direction and screenplay
Images of Liberation
1982
Direction and screenplay
The Element of Crime
1984
Direction and screenplay
Epidemic
1987
Direction, screenplay and acting
Europa
1991
Direction and written
Breaking the Waves
1996
Direction and screenplay
The Idiots
1998
Direction, screenplay and cinematography
Dancer in the Dark
2000
Dogville
2003
Dear Wendy
2004
Screenplay
Manderlay
2005
Direction and screenplay
The Boss of It All
2006
Direction and screenplay
Antichrist
2009
Direction and screenplay
Melancholia
2011
Direction and screenplay
Nymphomaniac
2013
Direction and screenplay
The House That Jack Built
2018
Direction and screenplay
Direction and screenplay
Direction and screenplay
The House That Jack Built
2018
This time the topic of discussion is violence and art, and violence as art
The film follows Jack over 12 years, introducing the murders that define his development as a serial killer. Told from his point of view, he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the police is drawing nearer, Jack takes greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.
Before Matt Dillon agreed to play the title role in "The House That Jack Built" — a disturbing and inflammatory epic about a frustrated serial killer who preys on a wide variety of women across the long span of his adult life — he asked writer-director Lars von Trier why he wanted to make such a film.
About The Film
'Most of the male characters in my films have been fucking idiots, but this guy is like me. Of all the characters I've ever written, Jack is the one closest to myself. Except I don't kill people'
Lars von Trier
Posters
The posters have been created for Zentropa Productions by The Einstein Couple, who states: "Lars von Triers films are never predictable. Bearing that in mind, the teaser posters cannot be so either.
We have tried to create a campaign with strong ties to the theme of the film, but at the same time create posters which can stand alone. We chose to portray the characters inspired by Jack's sophisticated exaltation of murder."
The House That Jack Built
2018
This time the topic of discussion is violence and art, and violence as art
The film follows Jack over 12 years, introducing the murders that define his development as a serial killer. Told from his point of view, he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the police is drawing nearer, Jack takes greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.
Before Matt Dillon agreed to play the title role in "The House That Jack Built" — a disturbing and inflammatory epic about a frustrated serial killer who preys on a wide variety of women across the long span of his adult life — he asked writer-director Lars von Trier why he wanted to make such a film.
About The Film
'Most of the male characters in my films have been fucking idiots, but this guy is like me. Of all the characters I've ever written, Jack is the one closest to myself. Except I don't kill people'
Lars von Trier
Posters
The posters have been created for Zentropa Productions by The Einstein Couple, who states: "Lars von Triers films are never predictable. Bearing that in mind, the teaser posters cannot be so either.
We have tried to create a campaign with strong ties to the theme of the film, but at the same time create posters which can stand alone. We chose to portray the characters inspired by Jack's sophisticated exaltation of murder."
"I think it's important that we all try to give something to this medium, instead of just thinking about what is the most efficient way of telling a story or making an audience stay in a cinema."
Lars von Trier
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