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Also Known As: Lars Trier Died:
Born: April 30, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Denmark Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, projectionist

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Director and screenwriter Lars von Trier was one of the splashiest talents that Danish - indeed European - cinema had produced in years. His reputation as one of a few genuine "enfants terribles" of cinema in the 1980s and 1990s did not stem simply from his call for Ingmar Bergman's death - so, he said, that other Scandinavian filmmakers could receive more attention - or his hurling an obscenity at Roman Polanski when his film "Europa" (1991) failed to receive the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Rather, the attention von Trier justly received stemmed from his playful experimentation and the darkly haunting atmosphere he evoked in settings which, whether set in the present like "Dancer in the Dark" (2000) or the past like "Dogville" (2004) somehow seemed futuristic and other-worldly. Part of von Trier's inventiveness stemmed from his refusal to honor conventions - exemplified by his famous Dogma 95 manifesto, in which von Trier and fellow Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg called for films to be made more simply, with hand-held cameras and available light, divesting themselves of modern fashions in filming and plotting. To some, he was an artistic trailblazer, to others, a self-aggrandizing provocateur;...

Director and screenwriter Lars von Trier was one of the splashiest talents that Danish - indeed European - cinema had produced in years. His reputation as one of a few genuine "enfants terribles" of cinema in the 1980s and 1990s did not stem simply from his call for Ingmar Bergman's death - so, he said, that other Scandinavian filmmakers could receive more attention - or his hurling an obscenity at Roman Polanski when his film "Europa" (1991) failed to receive the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Rather, the attention von Trier justly received stemmed from his playful experimentation and the darkly haunting atmosphere he evoked in settings which, whether set in the present like "Dancer in the Dark" (2000) or the past like "Dogville" (2004) somehow seemed futuristic and other-worldly. Part of von Trier's inventiveness stemmed from his refusal to honor conventions - exemplified by his famous Dogma 95 manifesto, in which von Trier and fellow Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg called for films to be made more simply, with hand-held cameras and available light, divesting themselves of modern fashions in filming and plotting. To some, he was an artistic trailblazer, to others, a self-aggrandizing provocateur; however, there was little doubt that the outspoken von Trier created films that were unmistakably - and unapologetically - entirely his own.

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DIRECTOR:

3.
  Melancholia (2011)
4.
  Antichrist (2009)
7.
  Manderlay (2005)
8.
  Five Obstructions, The (2003) Director
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  Dogville (2003) Director
10.
  Dancer in the Dark (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Side by Side (2012)
3.
 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
5.
 Idiots, The (1998) Voice Of Interviewer
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 Humiliated, The (1998)
8.
 Kingdom II, The (1997) Epilogue Commentator (Tv Version Only)
9.
 Zentropa (1991) The Jew
10.
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1977:
Made the student film "Orkide gartneren/The Orchid Gardener," which helped him gain admission to the Danish Film School
1983:
Wrote and directed "Liberation Pictures/Image of a Relief" as a graduate school project; won second prize at an annual European Film School Competition and was promptly picked up by Britain's Channel 4
1984:
Feature directorial debut, "The Element of Crime," the first in his "Europe" trilogy; also played the role of "Schmuck of Ages"
1989:
Appeared as an actor only in the Danish children's film "A World of Difference"
1991:
Began making the film "Dimension" in three-minute segments to be finished each year; the film was scheduled to be completed in the year 2024
1991:
Made third and last film in his "European" trilogy, "Europa/Zentropa"
1994:
Made a miniseries for Dutch TV, titled "The Kingdom"; later transferred to 35mm film and received an international theatrical release
1995:
Films were subject of a retrospective held by Lincoln Center in NYC
1995:
With Thomas Vinterberg, presented their manifesto for a new cinematic movement called Dogme 95, requiring filmmakers to take a "vow of Chastity" and shoot films with no score, using natural light and other techniques
1996:
Garnered critical acclaim for "Breaking the Waves"
1998:
Helmed the second film made under Dogme 95, "The Idiots"
2000:
Directed Bjork in "Dancer in the Dark"; also co-wrote lyrics to songs; shared a Best Original Song Oscar nomination for "I've Seen It All"
2004:
Directed Nicole Kidman in "Dogville," about a woman on the run from a team of gangsters hiding out in the small town of Dogville; first film in his "U.S.A. ¿ Land of Opportunities" trilogy
2005:
Scripted the feature "Dear Wendy" directed by fellow Dane Thomas Vinterberg
2005:
Directed "Manderlay," the second film in his "U.S.A. ¿ Land of Opportunities" trilogy; starred Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, and Willem Dafoe
2009:
Directed the horror movie "Antichrist," starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg
2011:
Directed the psychological disaster drama "Melancholia"; premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
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Education

University of Copenhagen: -
National Film School of Denmark: - 1979 - 1982

Notes

Has phobia's to crowds, fires, hospitals, shellfish, and the specter of death

"I would like to say one thing: I like myself very much. I hate myself as a person, but I like myself as a director. That's why I cling to the profession."---Von Trier EW April 2, 2004

"Nobody in the state of Denmark wanted to have anything to do with Lars. He was arrogant, crazy. He dressed up in black leather, looked like a skinhead, and insulted everyone around him. The only comforting element was that he was so tiny he was not physically threatening in the least."---Peter Aalbaek Jensen, co-owner of von Trier's production company, Zentropa productions. EW April 2, 2004

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wife:
Bent Froge. Married in 1997.

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