Director Lars von Trier is probably most known here in the United States for Björk’s “Dancer in the Dark” music video. He also had two fairly high-profile films, if incredibly odd ones, in what is planned to be a “U.S. trilogy”: “Dogville” (2003) and “Manderlay” (2005). Von Trier is also known for his frequent associations with the Dogme community of filmmakers.
Now the latest news from Cannes, as delivered by The Hollywood Reporter, reveals that von Trier has officially declared himself to be “the world’s greatest director.”
Everything started when the director was forced to defend himself against critics of his latest film, “Antichrist,” which premiered at Cannes. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe as a married couple who hole up in a cabin in the woods in order to properly grieve the death of their child. Strange things start to happen, including – according to THR’s descriptions – “a bloody masturbation scene and a leg-drilling sequence that could have been cribbed from the ’Saw’ franchise.” Yeesh.
Von Trier, unwilling to abide critics who demanded an explanation/justification for the direction he took with the film, fired back that he doesn’t make movies for anyone other than himself. Whether than came before or after the “world’s greatest director” bit isn’t made clear, but it doesn’t really matter. This whole incident just goes to show you: bluster is always more amusing when taken to its hyperbolic extremes.
In case you’re curious, here’s the mildly disturbing “Antichrist” trailer: