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Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier

Birthday: 30 April 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark
Birth Name: Lars Trier
Height: 170 cm

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 attract ...Show more

Lars von Trier
My films are about ideals that clash with the world. Every time it's a man in the lead, they have fo Show more My films are about ideals that clash with the world. Every time it's a man in the lead, they have forgotten about the ideals. And everytime it's a woman in the lead, they take the ideals all the way. Hide
If his creation is so great, why does God want us on our knees? If his creation is so great, why does God want us on our knees?
Jeg er vel ligesom alle andre mennesker. Jeg er glad for priser - Men de gør mig ikke lykkelig" (I Show more Jeg er vel ligesom alle andre mennesker. Jeg er glad for priser - Men de gør mig ikke lykkelig" (I am like all other people. I am pleased with prizes, but they don't make me happy) [when asked what the prizes his movies won meant to him] Hide
I am the best film director in the world. [following the screening of Antichrist (2009) at the 62nd Show more I am the best film director in the world. [following the screening of Antichrist (2009) at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival] Hide
Basically, I'm afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking. Basically, I'm afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking.
Put my American trilogy together and you'll have one hell of a grim evening. And you will not be ent Show more Put my American trilogy together and you'll have one hell of a grim evening. And you will not be entertained at all! Hide
"Jeg er et sted ligenu hvor det roder mere end det plejer" ("I am at a place right now, where it's m Show more "Jeg er et sted ligenu hvor det roder mere end det plejer" ("I am at a place right now, where it's more messy than usual" - When asked about his mental state. Hide
A big part of our lives has to do with America. In our country it is overwhelming. I feel there coul Show more A big part of our lives has to do with America. In our country it is overwhelming. I feel there could just as well be an American military presence in Denmark. We are a nation under a very bad influence, because I think Bush is an asshole and doing a lot of really stupid things. America is sitting on the world and therefore I am making films about it. I'd say 60% of the things I have experienced in my life are American, so in fact I am an American. But I can't go there and vote. That's why I am making films about America. Hide
Everything is going to Hell, but we should smile all the way. Everything is going to Hell, but we should smile all the way.
When you shoot a film, it's hard work, and you tend to drink more. ... I've taken other drugs that h Show more When you shoot a film, it's hard work, and you tend to drink more. ... I've taken other drugs that helped me a lot - that was kind of the way I worked. But drinking is more to overcome some anxiety. Hide
[press conference at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, following the screening of Melancholia (2011)] I Show more [press conference at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, following the screening of Melancholia (2011)] I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out I was really a Nazi, you know, because my family was German, which also gave me some pleasure. [Hitler] did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker at the end. He's not what you call a good guy, but I understand much about him and I sympathize with him. Hide
I would say that I am a poor Christian, I'm not a believer. It was this idea very early in my life t Show more I would say that I am a poor Christian, I'm not a believer. It was this idea very early in my life that life on earth, nature or man could not be a creation of a merciful God. Hide
Forget all the excuses, 'the childish fascination' and 'the all embracing humility', for this is my Show more 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. Hide
A film should be like a rock in the shoe. A film should be like a rock in the shoe.
I don't think I tortured Nicole on Dogville (2003), but I know she said I was tough. I don't think I tortured Nicole on Dogville (2003), but I know she said I was tough.
There are a lot of Americans I sympathise with very much, but not the Government right now, no. We j Show more There are a lot of Americans I sympathise with very much, but not the Government right now, no. We just do not agree on politics, but that's not being Anti-American. I am critical about a country with a system that allows so many losers. I think that is wrong. Hide
I want to be surrounded by porn people who love me for what I am, who say, 'Where do you want the er Show more I want to be surrounded by porn people who love me for what I am, who say, 'Where do you want the erection, where do you want the penetration?' Where it's not complicated. Hide
Since I have said I am 60% American I can say there is one thing that kills any debate - an American Show more Since I have said I am 60% American I can say there is one thing that kills any debate - an American disease called political correctness, which is a fear of talking ... What makes me a little bit sad is that there's an American TV show in which the president of the US is black. People say, 'Oh look, that's OK, there's a black president on TV.' That's completely humiliating because that's not how it is. There's no black president. Political correctness kills discussion. Hide
I think it's a very strange question that I have to excuse myself [for writing and directing Antichr Show more I think it's a very strange question that I have to excuse myself [for writing and directing Antichrist]. I don't feel that. You are all my guests, it's not the other way around. (At the Cannes Festival Press Conference when asked to explain and justify why he made Antichrist (2009)) Hide
[on the problems of being sober] Who the hell cares about The Rolling Stones when you don't have a s Show more [on the problems of being sober] Who the hell cares about The Rolling Stones when you don't have a sense that they've just emptied a bottle of Jack Daniels? That's nonsense. Or Jimi Hendrix without heroin or whatever he was on. That's rubbish; we can't be bothered with that. We don't want that, because we want their special approach through something mysterious, which is still somehow connected to various intoxicants, right? But when I work, I'll miss the intoxication, or rather, I may come to miss it. That's the point. I think it's really dreary to try to be sober. But I am. [2014] Hide
American studios give money to directors to educate them away from their creative fingerprint, even Show more American studios give money to directors to educate them away from their creative fingerprint, even if that's the reason they wanted them in the first place. I've avoided that fate by making movies here. You have to fight the urge to do a big action movie. You avoid 'Batman.' The bigger it is, the worse it is. Hide
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