Lars von Trier

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1956 in Denmark

Filmography

Director (21)

Nymphomaniac 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Nymphomaniac: Volume II 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Nymphomaniac: Volume I 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Melancholia 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Antichrist 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("Occupations") (Director)

The Boss of It All 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Manderlay 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Dogville 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Five Obstructions 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Medea 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

D-Dag 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Idiots 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kingdom II 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Breaking the Waves 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kingdom 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Zentropa 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Epidemic 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Element of Crime 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Liberation Pictures 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (21)

Nymphomaniac: Volume II 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nymphomaniac: Volume I 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Melancholia 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Antichrist 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Boss of It All 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Early Years--Erik Nietzsche Part 1 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Manderlay 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dear Wendy 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dogville 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Medea 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Idiots 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Kingdom II 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Breaking the Waves 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Kingdom 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zentropa 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Epidemic 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Element of Crime 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Element of Crime 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Liberation Pictures 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Liberation Pictures 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (15)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Early Years--Erik Nietzsche Part 1 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Five Obstructions 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dogville Confessions 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Purified 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Idiots 2000 (Movie)

of Interviewer (Voice)

The Name of This Film Is Dogme95 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kingdom II 1998 (Movie)

Epilogue Commentator (Actor)

Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Humiliated 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zentropa 1992 (Movie)

The Jew (Actor)

A World of Difference 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Epidemic 1987 (Movie)

Epidemiologist (Actor)

The Element of Crime 1987 (Movie)

Schmuck of Ages (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (6)

The Boss of It All 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Manderlay 2006 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Dogville 2004 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Idiots 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Element of Crime 1987 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)
Producer (3)

A Caretaker's Tale 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Royal Affair 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

songs("Cvalda" "I've Seen It All" "Smith & Wesson" "In the Musicals, Part 1" "In the Musicals, Part 2" "107 Steps" "Next to Last Song" "New World (Overture)") (Song)
Editor (1)

Epidemic 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Bent Froge

Wife
married in 1997

Fritz Hartmann

Father
Had an affair with Lars' mother and is Lars' biological father

Inger Trier

Mother
Jewish his mother had been active in the Danish Resistance during WWII revealed to Lars on her deathbed in 1989 that he had been conceived as a result of an affair she had with her employer, Fritz Michael Hartmann

Ulf Trier

Father
Raised believing that he was his biological father

EDUCATION

National Film School of Denmark

1979 - 1982

University of Copenhagen

Milestones

2011

Directed the psychological disaster drama "Melancholia"; premiered at the Cannes Film Festival

2009

Directed the horror movie "Antichrist," starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg

2005

Directed "Manderlay," the second film in his "U.S.A. – Land of Opportunities" trilogy; starred Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, and Willem Dafoe

2005

Scripted the feature "Dear Wendy" directed by fellow Dane Thomas Vinterberg

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

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"

1998

Helmed the second film made under Dogme 95, "The Idiots"

1996

Garnered critical acclaim for "Breaking the Waves"

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

1994

Made a miniseries for Dutch TV, titled "The Kingdom"; later transferred to 35mm film and received an international theatrical release

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"

1989

Appeared as an actor only in the Danish children's film "A World of Difference"

1984

Feature directorial debut, "The Element of Crime," the first in his "Europe" trilogy; also played the role of "Schmuck of Ages"

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

1977

Made the student film "Orkide gartneren/The Orchid Gardener," which helped him gain admission to the Danish Film School

Bonus Trivia

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Von Trier had phobias to crowds, fires, hospitals, shellfish, and the specter of death.

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"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 to Entertainment Weekly, April 2, 2004

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"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, to Entertainment Weekly April 2, 2004

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Von Trier was banned from the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2011 for a bizarre speech in which he said he sympathizes with Adolf Hitler. At a news conference for the film "Melancholia," the Danish filmmaker spoke about his German heritage, and in a rambling speech, said he understood and sympathized with Hitler. The director said afterward he had been joking and later issued an apology.

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Von Trier has the letters F, U, C, and K tattooed across the four fingers of his right fist. The tattoo was inspired by Sean Penn's 1991 film "The Indian Runner."

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