- Europa (film)
Infobox Film | name = Europa
caption = DVD cover
Lars von Trier
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Bo Christensen
Lars von Trier Niels Vørsel
narrated by =
Max von Sydow
Jean-Marc Barr Barbara Sukowa Ernst-Hugo Järegård Eddie Constantine Erik MørkHenning Jensen
Henning Bendtsen Edward Klosinski Jean-Paul Meurisse
12 May, 1991(premiere at Cannes) 22 June, 1991(Germany) 16 August, 1991(Denmark) 22 May, 1992(USA) 2 July, 1992(Australia)
runtime = 112 min.
language = English and German
imdb_id = 0101829
Lars von Trier's third theatrical feature film, released in 1991. It was released as "Zentropa" in North Americain order to avoid confusion with the film " Europa Europa" ( 1990). Co-written by von Trier and Niels Vørsel, it tells the story of a young, idealistic American who hopes to "show some kindness" to the German people soon after the end of World War II. In US-occupied Germany, he takes on work as a sleeping carconductor for the Zentropa railwaynetwork, falls in love with a " femme fatale", and becomes embroiled in a pro-Nazi terrorist conspiracy.
The film features an international cast, including the French-American
Jean-Marc Barr, German actors Barbara Sukowaand Udo Kier, expatriateAmerican Eddie Constantine, and the Swedes Max von Sydowand Ernst-Hugo Järegård.
"Europa" employs an experimental style of cinema; combining largely
black and whitevisuals with occasional intrusions of colour(two years before " Schindler's List", which featured the same effect), having actors interact with rear-projected footage, and layering different images over one another to surreal effect.
The film's characters, music, dialogue, and plot are self-consciously
melodramaticand ironically imitative of film noirconventions.
Awards and recognition
The film won three awards at the
Cannes Film Festival(Best Artistic Contribution, Jury Prize, and Technical Grand Prize). Upon realizing that he had not won the Palme d'Or, von Trier gave the judges the fingerand stormed out of the venue.Fact|date=May 2008
Von Trier's production company, Zentropa Entertainments, is named after the sinister railway network featured in this film, which is in turn named after the real-life train company
* [http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/02/vontrier.html Biography of Lars von Trier]
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