Lars von Trier doesn’t need a press conference to shock the hell out of the Cannes Film Festival

There would be no press conference. That much was agreed upon in advance, probably by all parties involved. After all, the last time Lars von Trier sat down for a little Q&A at Cannes—this was back in 2011, to talk about Melancholia—he ended up causing quite the stir, joking (?) about identifying with Hitler and…

Lars Von Trier denies sexually harassing Björk on the set of Dancer In The Dark

Inspired by the people coming forward with their stories about sexual assault in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Björk decided to share an account of the harassment she faced during her brief foray into the acting world. Björk explained that she was working on a project with “a Danish director” who made it…

Read This: Movies have gotten scarier by learning to manipulate the brain

Director Alfred Hitchcock once dreamed of being able to play his audience “like a giant organ,” manipulating people’s emotions at will as they watched his movies. He even imagined bypassing the movies all together and simply attaching electrodes to people’s heads and stimulating their emotions via push buttons. Today, …

Lars von Trier will make an English-language TV show with a “huge cast”

Lars von Trier was in Venice, screening the director’s cut of his Nymphomaniac films, when he “appeared” on a panel with Stellan Skarsgard and producer Louise Vesth. The Danish filmmaker Skyped in and didn’t answer questions directly, keeping the promise he made after that whole Nazi debacle a few years ago. Instead,…

Lars von Trier’s second amateur short is a lot more Lars von Trier-ian

Adolescence is difficult for everyone, but some people take it especially hard. Young Lars Trier (the “von” came later) must have been one of them, because in three years he went from making a suspiciously cheerful animated film starring a “super sausage” to this unnerving short. Indulgently titled “Why Escape From It…

Watch a movie by an 11 -year -old Lars von Trier that’s probably about Nazis or something

A short film directed by a then-11-year-old Lars von Trier has surfaced online, and it appears to be strangely… happy? Well-adjusted? Not incredibly misogynistic? Titled Turen Til Squashland… En Super Pølse Film ( which translates to Trip To Squash Land…A Super Sausage Film), the deceptively cheerful short was created…

Breaking The Waves was a major turning point in Lars Von Trier’s career

It’s hard to remember now, but Lars Von Trier had a radically different reputation back in 1996, when Breaking The Waves premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. His previous features, from The Element Of Crime (1984) to Europa (1991, released in the U.S. as Zentropa), had been audacious exercises in pure style,…

Tomorrow sex will be good again: Nymphomaniac’s sex-negative feminism

Note: The following consideration of female sexuality in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac was written by a heterosexual, cisgender, white male. The author proceeds, sensitive to his complicity in many of the issues discussed herein, and with the slight consolation that he has about as much right commenting on issues of…

The first half of Lars von Trier’s erotic opus Nymphomaniac arrives Stateside

The grade above is a lie—or, at the very least, a wild estimation. How, after all, can one properly evaluate an incomplete movie? Nymphomaniac, Lars Von Trier’s new marathon-length odyssey, arrives in worldwide theaters by way of  two separate installments, released in the States a few weeks apart. There was never…