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Danish director to follow-up 2003 documentary by challenging Martin Scorsese to remake one of his own films five times

Lars von Trier is to return to one of his most famous creations, the film-making documentary The Five Obstructions, but this time with Martin Scorsese in the hotseat.

Von Trier's 2003 film saw him challenging his mentor, fellow Danish film-maker Jørgen Leth, to remake his own short film The Perfect Human five times, with a different caveat in place on each occasion designed to make life difficult for the director to complete his task. These included remaking the film entirely with shots lasting no longer than 12 frames, and shooting it in the "worst location on Earth" (apparently Mumbai's red light district), without revealing that location in the final cut.

Scorsese will be handed a similar challenge, though it's not clear which film he will be asked to remake. The film-makers plan to shoot next year. »

- Ben Child

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