Quotes by: Lars von Trier

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Lars von Trier
Trier at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
Born Lars Trier
(1956-04-30) 30 April 1956 (age 60)
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Education National Film School of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
Occupation Film director and screenwriter
Years active 1977–present
Notable work
Breaking the Waves (1996) The Idiots (1998) Dancer in the Dark (2000) Dogville (2003) Melancholia (2011)
Movement Hyperrealism, Dogme 95, German Expressionism
Spouse(s)
Cæcilia Holbek (m. 1987–95)[1] Bente Frøge (m. 1997)[citation needed]
Children Benjamin Trier, Ludvig Trier, Selma Trier, Agnes Trier
Awards Palme d'Or, EFA, Cesar, Bodil, Goya, Fipresci
Honours Unicef Cinema for Peace, Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog

If you want to provoke, you should provoke someone who is stronger than you, otherwise you are misusing your power.
Lars von Trier
I grew up in a culturally radical home, where strong emotions were forbidden.
Lars von Trier
I am not very tough with raising my children, but you can argue that to be more tough will help your children.
Lars von Trier
You could say that when you introduce humour to your work, you also step back a little from it. You create a distance.
Lars von Trier
I would say that I am a poor Christian; I'm not a believer. It was this idea very early in my life that life on Earth, nature or man could not be a creation of a merciful God.
Lars von Trier
When I show a film at a festival, I am showing myself. Everything is at stake for me.
Lars von Trier
That's the great thing about entering a convent: There are things that you simply can't do, so you don't have to worry about them.
Lars von Trier
You know, I really do have some morals. I do actually care about people. And I do have a political standpoint.
Lars von Trier
When I was in film school, it was said that all good films were characterised by some form of humour.
Lars von Trier
I'm happy that I'm alive. I feel like someone coming back from Vietnam, you know; I'm sure that later on I'll start killing people in a square somewhere, but right now, I just feel happy to be alive.
Lars von Trier
I'm having a vacation, and it's so beautiful, and maybe I'll never get another film idea in my life.
Lars von Trier
Only a fool does not fear actors, but you can't beat them, and if you can't beat them, join them, as they say. As I've got older I've become very interested in that part of the work.
Lars von Trier
Far be it from me to force anyone into either chess or dressage, but if you choose to do so yourself, in my opinion there is only one way: follow the rules.
Lars von Trier
Actors need bricks to play with, and in fact we rejected all the improvised fragments we had made without a plan. Improvisation without a plan is like tennis without tennis balls.
Lars von Trier
If I made a musical in the beginning of my career, it would have been crane shots and tracking shots and people coming out of cakes and whatever, but these techniques are something that I've left behind me.
Lars von Trier
I think it's important that we all try to give something to this medium, instead of just thinking about what is the most efficient way of telling a story or making an audience stay in a cinema.
Lars von Trier
I sit there pouring out my woes year after year, coming up with one enormity after another about my mother and the way she let me down; but it doesn't make me any the less fearful.
Lars von Trier
My films are about ideals that clash with the world. Every time it's a man in the lead, they have forgotten about the ideals. And every time it's a woman in the lead, they take the ideals all the way.
Lars von Trier
When I was younger, I was fascinated by David Bowie, for example. he had created an entire myth around himself. It was as important as his music.
Lars von Trier
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