Lars von Trier biography

Lars von Trier

Film director

1956 –

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Who is Lars von Trier?

Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective – an avant-garde filmmaking movementalthough his own films have taken a variety of approaches. His work has frequently divided critical opinion.

Von Trier began making films at age eleven. Von Trier suffers periodically from depression, as well as various fears and phobias, including an intense fear of flying. As he quipped in an interview, "basically, I'm afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking." His first publicly released film was the 1977 experimental short The Orchid Gardener and his first feature came seven years later with The Element of Crime. Among many prizes, awards and nominations, he is the recipient of the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix, and the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Born
Apr 30, 1956
Kongens Lyngby
Also known as
  • Lars Trier
  • Erik Nietzsche
  • Lars Von Trier
  • von Trier
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Danes
Nationality
  • Denmark
Profession
Education
  • National Film School of Denmark
    (1979 - 1983)
Employment
  • Zentropa
Lived in
  • Copenhagen
  • Kongens Lyngby

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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