Biography of Lars von TrierLars von Trier is a world-famous film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is an award winner of film festivals and a winner of a Golden Palm Award. Claiming that cinematography is not supposed to entertain people and a film has to be like a sharp small stone in a shoe, the film director creates provocative films full of depression and nonsense.
ChildhoodLars Trier was born into a pretty eccentric family in Copenhagen on May 30, 1956. His parents, Inger and Ulf Trier were government workers but had communist beliefs that were not encouraged in Denmark in the 50s. Lars's parents also took a great interest in nudism.
Inger and Ulf were patient to their son, didn't criticize him for bad grades, and propagandized freedom-based education. As a result, Lars was expelled from school.
EducationWhen Trier turned 17, he tried to enter the National Film School of Denmark, but he wasn't accepted. However, Lars was confident about his future career, and by some miracle, he became a member of an amateur filmmakers association called Filmgrupp-16. Around that time, his uncle who was a documentalist got Lars a job in the Danish Film Fund. There, Trier was not only editing documentary films but also shot two short films called The Orchid Gardener and Menthe - La Bienheureuse. It became his ticket to a film school.
FilmographyIn 1983, Lars von Trier shot a graduation work for a film school called Images of Liberation. Film experts consider this short film an official debut of the Danish film director. Even though this picture went unnoticed by the audience, it was highly evaluated by critics. In 1984, Von Trier's work won the main award at the film festival in Munich.
In 1994, the TV shows The Kingdom that brought Trier international recognition, and in 1996 the film Breaking the Waves made everybody speak of its maker as a brilliant film director. This keen picture is a story about a naive and dedicated woman who at the insistence of her paralyzed husband has to seek carnal pleasures somewhere else which results in disgrace, physical torture, and death. Non-typical director's idea and brilliant acting by Emily Watson left indifferent neither spectators nor the jury of the Cannes Film Festival who gave the film the Grand Prix. Besides, the film won the French César Award in the Best Foreign Film category.It is interesting to note that Lars von Trier combined three films not by the plotline, but by disaster theme that has engulfed the whole world and to solve it, it's necessary to deal with your past first.
In 2003, von Trier released the film Dogville with Nicole Kidman in the lead. It is interesting to note that in her interview Kidman said that von Trier was a relaxed person to work with and the film director said that he wasn't very demanding with Kidman.Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, and the following film The Idiots formed the Golden Heart Trilogy. Each film is a story about ordinary women with big hearts; it's a story about kindness and sacrifice.
The best film director like Lars von Trier used to call himself not only shot dramas In 2006, he released the comedy The Boss of it All in which funny moments go with tragic and absurd ones - it reminds the film director a little.
Antichrist, Melancholia, and Nymphomaniac have formed the Depression Trilogy.
In 2018, the film director finished working on the film The House that Jack Built. He tells journalists that the audience will surely love the picture because it's a story about a man who murders many women. Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon played the leads. The film received quite high marks from critics, despite very controversial reviews.
Dogme 95 ManifestoFilm directors, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg gave the world Dogme 95 Manifesto in Paris on March 13, 1995. It was proclaimed as a manifest of cinematography rescue.
To their opinion, cinematography has died and cried out for revival. Gloss and retouched beauty, special effects, and huge fees for celebrities destroyed cinematography.
It is interesting to note that von Trier broke all paragraphs of Dogme 95 Manifesto right after its proclamation.
Private Life of Lars von TrierA director of children's films, Caecilia Holbek, was the first wife of Lars von Trier. The young couple married in 1987, and in 1995 their daughter, Agnes, was born.
It must be said that von Trier wasn't a world-famous and wealthy man at that time. For a while, the couple lived in a small room at a film studio. In 1997, Lars and Bente got married and had twins, Ludvig and Benjamin.
ScandalsPerhaps Lars von Trier is the most inconsistent and unpredictable film director of our time. He has shocked the audience all his life: attended a synagogue wearing a kipa; later, when he found out about his German roots, he walked around on heels wearing eye makeup and a Nazi uniform.
In 2017, the singer Björk shared information about sexual harassment from one Danish film director she worked with on her Facebook page. The only film director the Irish star worked with was von Trier. However, he denied singer's charges, and a film producer of Dancer in the Dark, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, said that he and von Trier were Björk's victims.The biggest scandal happened at a press conference dedicated to the premiere of the film Melancholia that took place in Cannes. Von Trier, confused in questions from journalists and his answers, said he felt sorry for Hitler. It made him a persona non grata in Cannes.