Lars von Trier (the “von” was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He 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 the following year. He had his real breakthrough with the The Element of Crime (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. The Element of Crime was follow by the fiasco “Epedemic” in 1987, however Lars von Trier made a comeback with his 1991 film Europa (1991) (US title: “Zentropa”), which won him the Jury Prize as well as the Technical Grand Prize and Best Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, taking place in post-war Germany, is a great example of a post- apocalyptical film, with a wired hypnotic architecture and a centralisation on the human morale, responsibility and love. However, it is probably his later movies which Lars von Trier is going to be remembered for. His Breaking the Waves (1996), for which he won the Jury Prize at Cannes, was the director’s first film (in a trilogy) that centered on the female sex.
Many famous directors and actors have shown their appreciation of von Trier’s work. Quentin Tarantino mentions Von Trier’s Dogville (2003) as his idea of the best manuscript ever written, Paul Thomas Anderson said he would “carry Lars von Trier’s luggage anywhere”, Martin Scorsese has Breaking the Waves (1996) listed on his top 10 films of the 90s and Johnny Depp recently said this in a Danish film magazine: “Tell von Trier I’m waiting for an offer, when he is ready, so am I”.
I think Von Trier puts a lot of thought into the type, understanding it’s purpose and presenting it in the necessary way.