Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier is one the most radical European filmmakers of the
last 30 years. He was born in a Danish state employee’s family,
in Copenhagen, on April 30th,1956. He made his first cartoon “The
journey to the Pumpkin country” at the age of 11. Thereafter, his
mother gave him a Super-8 camera as a gift and brought him her
old films so the boy could learn editing. A couple of years
later, Trier decided to attend the National Film School of
Denmark but was not accepted. Only one year later, when he has
already made two short films using his Super-8 camera, he
succeeded to persuade the admissions office.
After graduation he started working on the highly stylized drama. His first feature film project made a lot of noise. The action of the European trilogy, including “Element of Crime”, “Epidemic” and “Europa”, took place in the half-destroyed, apocalyptic Europe, and the characters tried and did not succeed to deal with their own Past.
Von Trier's next film, “Breaking the waves”, was the first film in von Trier's “Golden Heart Trilogy” – a film trilogy about women who are ready to sacrifice anything for the sake of their relatives. Its grainy images and manual cinematography led towards Dogma 95 (a manifesto for a new cinematic movement, presented in 1995 with Thomas Vinterberg). The second movie was “The Idiots”. The explicit images in this film caused a big international scandal. “Dancing in the Dark” was the final component that completed the trilogy.
He then directed two films in his announced 'U.S. trilogy': “Dogville” and “Manderlay”. Both films had huge casts of internationally renowned actors, and questioned various issues of the American society such as intolerance in “Dogville” and slavery in “Manderlay”. Later, “Antichrist” and “Melancholia” were released – two psychological disaster dramas in which the end of the world turns from anti-utopia into scary reality.