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Lars von Trier
Antichrist director Lars von Trier will receive Denmark’s biggest culture award; the 2018 Sonning Prize.
The Dkk 1m ($160,00) biennial award is given to an individual who has done commendable work for the benefit of European culture.
In a statement, Milena Bonifacini, Chairman of the Academy Council involved in nominating von Trier for the award, said: “He is a ground-breaking and avant-garde artist who positions himself confidently and self-consciously in a place far removed from the ever more commercialised mainstream films. It’s this continued embrace and break with the conventional, which sets Lars von Trier’s work apart and has contributed to making European film something special.”
The Sonning Prize 2018 will be awarded to von Trier on 19 April in the Ceremonial Hall at the University of Copenhagen.
The previous recipient in 2014 was another film director; Michael Haneke.
Von Trier, 61, is one of Europe
Lars von Trier’s production company, Zentropa, and its culture of misogyny have made the news again. Only a couple weeks after a report was published detailing the organization’s constant “sexual harassment, degradation, and bullying,” 12 producers from 11 countries have released a statement condemning an event Zentropa hosted last month.
The event featured company co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen exposing himself to the audience and a short film including footage of a naked von Trier and Aalbaek Jensen. The short film also managed to squeeze in some disparaging remarks about Björk, who previously accused an unnamed Danish director of sexual harassment. (Von Trier is widely believed to be the Danish filmmaker in question. He directed Björk in “Dancer in the Dark.”)
“[Zentropa is] a place that has been portrayed as an alternative, liberated film institution. A place that claims true creative innovation,” the producers observe in their statement.
Producers from 11 nations claim they are “shocked and upset” by “the brazen display of toxic masculinity” they witnessed at an event hosted last month by Zentropa, the Danish production company founded by Peter Aalbæk Jensen and Lars von Trier. Their concerns, detailed in a November 28 statement, are connected to a producers workshop that occurred last month at Film City, Zentropa’s headquarters in Copenhagen. The October 26 workshop happened after singer and actress Björk alleged that von Trier had sexually harassed her while directing their Oscar-nominated 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark,” and before nine women shared with the newspaper Politiken similar experiences they’d endured at Zentropa.
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According to the statement, 70 producers from the international film community attended the workshop, where they were greeted by Zentropa’s female producers,
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These women offered their accounts to Politiken, one of the oldest and most widely read newspapers in Denmark. One of them, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, worked on such films as “Antichrist” and “Melancholia” and claims that “I think that everyone who has been employed by Zentropa has been exposed to or witnessed certain things. Both sexually charged acts and bullying or ‘teasing’. All of this was an ingrained part of the culture.”
Former employees claim that
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Danish film director Lars von Trier has rejected Icelandic pop singer Björk’s allegation that he sexually harassed her during the making of the movie Dancer in the Dark.
“That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that’s a fact,” Von Trier told Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in its online edition.
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Björk did not name the director in her first post, but the only Danish director she has ever worked with on a feature film is Lars von Trier on his 2000 musical drama “Dancer in the Dark.” Even though von Trier wasn’t named, he publicly denied the singer’s accusation in a statement made to the Danish newspaper Jylannds Posten through his Zentropa business partner Peter Aalbaek Jensen. Jensen said
Continue reading Björk Further Details “Paralysing” Sexual Harassment By Lars von Trier at The Playlist.
In the post, she expresses sympathy with other women who hesitated to make their claims of sexual harassment public, and then goes on to accuse the still-unnamed director of “strok[ing] me sometimes for minutes against my wishes,” “making “unwanted whispered sexual offers with graphic descriptions,” and threatened to “climb from his room´s balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention , while his wife was in the room next door.”
Von Trier denied the allegations on Monday, telling the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, “That is not the case — although we didn’t get along, that’s a fact. … On the other hand, she delivered
“It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession (sic) that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “When I turned the director down repeatedly, he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one. Because of my strength, my great team, and because I had nothing to loose (sic) having no ambitions in the acting world, I walked away from it and recovered in a years time.”
Von Trier denied the allegations on Monday, telling
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“I became aware that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it,” Björk wrote. “When i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”
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On Sunday, following the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, Björk shared a story of her own experiences with harassment in the film industry, claiming “a Danish director” had “humiliated” and “harassed” her during the making of a film. When she refused his advances, Björk wrote, the director “sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one.”
Björk did not mention Lars...
Björk has few acting credits to her name, with most notable being Danish auteur Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark,” for which she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
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“i became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it,” she wrote. “when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and
“It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession (sic) that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it,” she wrote in a statement posted to Facebook.
While not specifying the exact form the harassment took, Björk explained, “When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one. Because of my strength, my great team
Catherine Deneuve, Björk, and Von Trier at Cannes (2000)
The floodgates have opened post Weinstein and now everyone wants to speak out. This morning Björk issued a statement about her experience working with "a Danish director," a hilariously coy non-naming of names since she's only starred in one movie, Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark (2000) after which she never appeared in a movie again, unless you count her performance art collaboration with her then-boyfriend Matthew Barney on Drawing Restraint (2009). Which, well, the sexual violence was onscreen in that one with Barney and Björk carving each other up while naked underwater and turning into whales or some such. You know how that happens.
Here is her statement which is worth parsing due to its unexpected Dogville allusion...
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