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BFI to celebrate Lars von Trier

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- Focus on Danish auteur’s film work

BFI to celebrate Lars von Trier

The British Film Institute will showcase the film work of Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier in a new season (May 13-30). Beginning with The Element Of Crime, the season goes on to unspool Epidemic, Europa, Breaking The Waves, The Idiots, Dancer In The Dark, The Five Obstructions, Dogville [+see also:
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, Manderlay [+see also:
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, The Boss Of It All [+see also:
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, Antichrist [+see also:
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and Melancholia [+see also:
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Of particular interest to von Trier aficionados will be talks and discussions analysing the filmmaker’s work. The ‘Projections: A Psychoanalysis of von Trier’s Dogville and Manderlay’ lecture will see Mary Wild offer a Freudian psychoanalytic interpretation of the struggle between unconscious desires and authoritarian figures in von Trier’s ‘Land of Opportunities’ series.

And in the ‘Lars von Trier and the New Extremism’ seminar, Dr Tanya Horeck and Dr Tina Kendall (Anglia Ruskin University, editors of The New Extremism in Cinema), Dr Nikolaj Lubecker (Cambridge University) and Caroline Bainbridge (University of Roehampton, author of The Cinema of Lars Von Trier) will explore the provocative work of Lars von Trier as part of a broader impulse toward transgressive, often violent and controversial imagery and themes within contemporary European cinema.

In his introduction to the season, Sight & Sound Editor Nick James says, “Looking back now, each of von Trier’s films look like milestones of my time as a writer on film, marking the shifts in aesthetics, technology and perception of a whole era. Like his boyhood hero David Bowie in music, von Trier has mapped the changes that matter in cinema.”

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