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Denmark submits 'Five Obstructions' to Oscar race

28 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Denmark threw its hat into the Academy Awards derby Friday, picking The Five Obstructions to enter the race for a foreign-language Oscar nomination. Directed by Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier, Obstructions was selected by reps from the Danish movie industry. The movie's selection is supported by the Danish Film Institute, DR TV, the Nordic Film and TV Fund and Eurimages. The movie details Leth's recreation of one of his first films, The Perfect Human, five times while von Trier sets obstructions, limitations and prohibitions on Leth's filmmaking on the five separate occasions. Obstructions is produced by Carsten Holst of Zentropa Real. »

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Sundance nets four docus

12 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sundance Channel has acquired four documentaries from the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for the network's Docday programming block: The Five Obstructions, by Jorgen Leth and Lars von Trier; The Garden, by Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash; Investigation Into the Invisible World, by Jean Michel Roux; and Screaming Men, by Mika Ronkainen. »

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Koch Lorber will take von Trier's 'Five'

5 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Indie distributor Koch Lorber Films has acquired North American rights to indie auteur Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth's 2003 experimental docu feature The Five Obstructions. Koch Lorber said the film will continue to run on the festival circuit -- it has screened at Toronto, Sundance and Venice -- and will open nationally in the second quarter. Koch Lorber will then release the film on DVD in the fall. The collaboration between the two filmmakers has its roots in 1967, when Leth made a 12-minute short called The Perfect Human, which von Trier saw more than 20 times. Four years ago, von Trier challenged Leth to create five different remakes of Perfect Human with a different conceptual "obstruction" impeding each version. Five Obstructions follows a filmmaker not only revisiting but also re-creating one of his first films. The project was acquired from Trust Films of Denmark, with Rikke Ennis negotiating on the part of Trust and Richard Lorber on behalf of Koch Lorber. »

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