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Lars von Trier


Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly distinctive blend of film noir and German Expressionism... See full bio »

Director's Trademarks: A Guide to the Films of Luc Besson

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 95 wins & 94 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Melancholia
Melancholia Writer
(2011)
Dogville
Dogville Writer
(2003)
Dancer in the Dark
(2000)
Antichrist
Antichrist Writer
(2009)

Filmography

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 2013 Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (written by)
 2013 Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (written by)
 2011 Selma Jezková (Video) (based on the screenplay by)
 2011 Melancholia (written by)
 2010 Dimension 1991-2024 (Video short)
 2009 Antichrist (written by)
 2007 De unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1 (as Erik Nietzsche)
 2005 Klovn (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's a Jungle Down There (2005) ... (writer)
 2005 Manderlay (written by - as Lars Von Trier)
 2004 Dear Wendy (written by)
  Kingdom Hospital (TV Series) (2 episodes, 2004) (original mini-series - 5 episodes, 2004) (based on the mini-series "The Kingdom" written by - 3 episodes, 2004)
- Shoulda' Stood in Bed (2004) ... (original mini-series)
- Seizure Day (2004) ... (original mini-series)
- Heartless (2004) ... (original mini-series)
- Black Noise (2004) ... (original mini-series)
- The Young and the Headless (2004) ... (original mini-series)
 2003 Dogville: The Pilot (Video short)
 2003 De fem benspænd (Documentary) (idea - uncredited) / (script - segment "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark")
 2003 Dogville (written by - as Lars Von Trier)
 2000 Dancer in the Dark (written by - as Lars Von Trier)
 2000 De udstillede (Documentary)
 1998 Idioterne (writer)
  Riget (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes, 1997) (writer - 3 episodes, 1994) (screenplay - 1 episode, 1994)
- Pandæmonium (1997)
- Gargantua (1997)
- Trækfugle (1997)
- Mors in Tabula (1997)
- De levende døde (1994) ... (writer)
 1996 Breaking the Waves (written by - as Lars Von Trier)
 1996 Marathon (TV Series) (concept - 6 episodes)
- Jens Arentzen (1996) ... (concept)
- Jens Okking (1996) ... (concept)
- Anne Marie Helger (1996) ... (concept)
- Pia Kjærsgaard (1996) ... (concept)
- Ali Hamann (1996) ... (concept)
 1994 Lærerværelset (TV Series) (concept - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1994) ... (concept)
- Episode #1.5 (1994) ... (concept)
- Episode #1.4 (1994) ... (concept)
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... (concept)
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... (concept)
 1991 Europa
 1990 Laid Back: Bet It on You (Video short) (concept)
 1990 Laid Back: Highway of Love (Video short) (concept)
 1988 Medea (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1987 Epidemic (screenplay - as Lars Von Trier)
 1980/I Nocturne (Short)
 1979 Menthe - la bienheureuse (Short) (writer)
 1978 Orchidégartneren (Short)
 1971 En blomst (Short) (as Lars Trier)
 1969 En røvsyg oplevelse (Short) (as Lars Trier)
 1969 Et skakspil (Short) (as Lars Trier)
 1968 Nat, skat (Short) (as Lars Trier)
 1967 Turen til Squashland (Short) (as Lars Trier)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Directed French TV commercial for Duran. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 10 Interviews | 15 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Erik Nietzsche | Lars Trier | Lars Von Trier

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Forget all the excuses, 'the childish fascination' and 'the all embracing humility', for this is my confession, black on white: I, Lars von Trier, am but a simple masturbator of the silver screen. See more »

Trivia:

Many famous directors and actors have shown their appreciation of von Trier's work. Quentin Tarantino mentions Von Trier's Dogville (2003) as his idea of the best manuscript ever written, Paul Thomas Anderson said he would "carry Lars von Trier's luggage anywhere", Martin Scorsese has Breaking the Waves (1996) listed on his top 10 films of the 90s and Johnny Depp recently said this in a Danish ... See more »

Trademark:

The majority of his feature films have a female lead who experiences some form of transcendence after battling through harsh adversity. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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