Lars von Trier
An original phenomenon among film directors, von Trier graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1983. After graduation, he worked on commercials before garnering attention with his debut, The Element of Crime (1984). There followed the dramas Epidemic (1987) and Europa (1991, Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival), The Idiots (1998, shot in the spirit of the Dogme 95 manifesto), the melodrama Breaking the Waves (1996, Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival), and the antimusical Dancer in the Dark (2000, Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival). Other works from this extensive filmography include Dogville (2003), Manderlay (2005), Antichrist (2009), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac, Vols. I and II (2013), and The House That Jack Built (2018). He has also experimented with the television medium (Medea, 1988, and the outstanding miniseries The Kingdom, 1994, 1997, and 2022). Von Trier is a co-founder of the Zentropa production company.