28.06. - 06.07.2013.
film program
Night marathon

THE KINGDOM / Riget

TV Mini-Series
1. sezona (269’), 1994.
2. sezona (286′), 1997.
Director: Lars von Trier, Morten Arnfred
Country: Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden
Cast: Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Kirsten Rolffes, Holger Juul Hansen, Søren Pilmark, Ghita Nørby
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The director darling of European auteur filmmaking, Lars von Trier, dazzles you with tongue-in-cheek comedy horror as he explores manners and morals among patients and staffers at a gigantic modern hospital. The prestigious Kingdom hospital and its motley crew of staff and patients are back to give us more thrills. In a splendid mixture of unalloyed horror and unadulterated soap we watched the way Mrs Drusse tried to put an end to little Mary’s torments, aided and abetted by her son, Hansen and “Hook“. Stig Helmer, the Swedish brain surgeon tussled with the Mona report, and Professor Moesgaard with his entire department . Slightly extended collection of characters and spine-chilling events in this sequel.

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Lars von Trier (born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956) graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film “Images of a Relief” (“Befrielsesbilleder”), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival. He had his real breakthrough with the “Forbrydelsens element” (1984) (“Element of Crime”), an expressionistic, yellow-tinted and post-modern film with a psychological theme, for which he won the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1991, his film “Europa” (1991) (US title: “Zentropa”) won him the Jury Prize as well as the Technical Grand Prize and Best Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival. “Breaking the Waves” (1996), for which he won the Jury Prize at Cannes, was the director’s first film (in a trilogy) that centred on the female sex. With “Dancer in the Dark” (2000), Lars von Trier made a melodrama about an east European woman, who sacrifices everything to save her son from getting the same eye-illness as she herself suffers from, and thereby going blind. The film was one of the first motion pictures in the world to be filmed with entirely digital equipment. It won the 2000 Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His TV soap “The Kingdom” (“Riget”) from 1994 blended his own cinematic style with a David Lynch-like surrealistic story about ghosts, God and Satan. Together with producer Peter Ålbæk Jensen, Lars von Trier owns Zentropa Enterprizes, which produces Lars von Trier’s films, as well as many others. In 1995, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg presented their manifesto for a new cinematic movement which they called Dogma 95. Von Trier’s use of sexually explicit images in “The Idiots” (1998) started a wave of arthouse mainstream films with unsimulated sex, such as Catherine Breillat’s Romance (1999), Baise-Moi (2000), Intimacy (2001), Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny (2003) and Michael Winterbottom’s 9 Songs (2004). Lars von Trier would return to explicit images in his self-directed “Antichrist” (2009), exploring darker themes. He then directed “Dogville” (2003), starring Nicole Kidman and “Manderlay” (2005), starring Bryce Dallas Howard in the same role as Grace. Both films had huge casts of major international actors (Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, James Caan, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, etc.), and questioned various issues relating to American society, such as intolerance in “Dogville” and slavery in “Manderlay”. Von Trier is also famous for “Melancholia”, a psychological disaster drama and his most recent “Nymphomaniac” (2013).