Von Trier heads to Croisette for eighth time
by Annika Pham
24/04/2009 - Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier will be vying for the Palme d’Or for the eighth time when his new film Antichrist [trailer, film focus], starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe, screens at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
Trier first competed in Cannes 25 years ago with Element of Crime. Three of his subsequent films won awards: Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000), winner of the Palme d’Or and Best Actress for Björk.
Written by von Trier, Antichrist is an intense drama about evil and love between two people. Gainsbourg and Dafoe play a grieving couple who retreat to Eden, an isolated cabin in the woods where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Antichrist was lensed by the director’s Oscar-winning, long-time collaborator Anthony Dod Mantle. The film is produced by Meta Louise Foldager for Zentropa, in co-production with Germany, France, Sweden, Italy and Poland.
Another Danish entry was announced yesterday: the animated short film The Sylphid by Dorte Bengtson, which will compete as part of the Cinefondation and Short Films programme. The Sylphid is Bengtson’s graduation film from the Danish Film School.