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Europa -- Trailer for the experimental film set in postwar Germany
Europa -- Just after WW2, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

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Release Date:
27 June 1991 (Germany) See more »
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Just after WW2, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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16 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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One of the Greatest Films of All Time See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Jean-Marc Barr ... Leopold Kessler

Barbara Sukowa ... Katharina Hartmann

Udo Kier ... Lawrence Hartmann
Ernst-Hugo Järegård ... Uncle Kessler
Erik Mørk ... Pater
Jørgen Reenberg ... Max Hartmann
Henning Jensen ... Siggy

Eddie Constantine ... Colonel Harris

Max von Sydow ... Narrator (voice)
Benny Poulsen ... Steleman
Erno Müller ... Seifert
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt ... Inspector
Michael Phillip Simpson ... Robins
Holger Perfort ... Mr. Ravenstein
Anne Werner Thomsen ... Mrs. Ravenstein
Hardy Rafn ... Man in Housecoat
Cæcilia Holbek Trier ... Maid
János Herskó ... Jewish Man
Talila ... Jewish Wife
Claus Flygare ... Father
Jon Ledin ... American Soldier

Baard Owe ... Man with Papers
Leif Magnusson ... Doctor Magnus

Lars von Trier ... Jew
Vera Gebuhr ... Depot Assistant
Else Petersen ... Old Female Assistant
Ben Zimet ... Old Man 1
Tadek Lokcinski ... Old Man 2 (as Thadee Lokcinski)
Peter Haugstrup ... Piccolo
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Directed by
Lars von Trier 
 
Writing credits
Lars von Trier  &
Niels Vørsel 

Produced by
Philippe Bober .... associate producer
Bo Christensen .... producer
François Duplat .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... executive producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... producer
Gérard Mital .... executive producer
Gunnar Obel .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joachim Holbek  (as Joakim Holbek)
 
Cinematography by
Henning Bendtsen 
Edward Klosinski  (as Edward Klosinsky)
Jean-Paul Meurisse 
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid  (as Herve Schneid)
 
Casting by
Rie Hedegaard 
 
Production Design by
Henning Bahs 
 
Costume Design by
Manon Rasmussen 
 
Makeup Department
Isabelle de Araujo .... makeup artist
Sanne Gravfort .... hair stylist
Morten Jacobsen .... key makeup artist
Dennis Knudsen .... hair stylist
Jolanta Pruszynska .... makeup artist: Poland
 
Production Management
Wieslawa Borecka .... production manager: Poland
Philippe Guez .... production supervisor
Thomas Heinesen .... production manager: second unit
Lars Kolvig .... production supervisor
Lene Nielsen .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tómas Gislason .... assistant director: second unit
Egon Haase .... second assistant director
Elizabeth Frey Harne .... second assistant director
Tom Hedegaard .... first assistant director
Janusz Petelski .... assistant director: Poland
 
Art Department
Andrzej Borecki .... production designer: Poland
Søren Gam .... property master (as Søren G. Henriksen)
Peter Grant .... property master
Simone Grau .... assistant props (as Simone Grau Larsen)
Emil Kostecki .... property master: Poland
Bogdan Piotrowski .... property master: Poland
Finn Skovgaard .... storyboard artist
Kazimierz Stys .... property master: Poland
Gitte Zehngraff .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Pierre Excoffier .... sound recordist (as Pierre Excoffier)
Philippe Fabbri .... boom operator
Henrik Garnov .... dubbing engineer
Carl Aage Hansen .... sound effects
Thomas Krag .... sound
Per Meinertsen .... sound engineer
Julien Naudin .... sound effects
John Nielsen .... boom operator
Per Streit .... sound designer (as Per Streit Jensen)
 
Visual Effects by
Jan-Erik Sandberg .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jan Andersen .... lighting assistant
Bo Bendtsen .... clapper loader
Jakob Bonfils .... grip
Jesper Find .... first assistant camera
Andrzej Gierak .... lighting technician: Poland
Tomasz Habrewicz .... assistant camera: Poland
Jørgen Johansen .... electrician
Ireneusz Kisielewicz .... lighting technician: Poland
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Krzysztof Koperski .... lighting technician: Poland
Jean-Yves Le Poulain .... assistant camera
Marek Modzelewski .... lighting technician: Poland
Thomas Neivelt .... lighting technician
Tadeusz Obuchowicz .... assistant camera: Poland
Jacek Stachlewski .... camera operator: Poland
Søren Sørensen .... lighting technician
Roman Taborski .... lighting technician: Poland
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera operator
Henryk Wingert .... lighting technician: Poland
 
Casting Department
Annette Grunnet .... casting coordinator
Rie Hedegaard .... casting coordinator (as Marie Louise Hedegaard)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Malgorzata Brus .... wardrobe assistant: Poland (as Malgorzata Zduleczny)
Hanna Golebiowska .... wardrobe assistant: Poland
Ole Kofoed .... wardrobe
Malou Listoft .... wardrobe
Anna Rychlik .... wardrobe assistant: Poland
Helena Tarnacka .... wardrobe assistant: Poland
 
Editorial Department
Urszula Lesiak .... assistant editor
Michael Frank Nielsen .... color timer
 
Other crew
Sabelle Arcay .... production assistant
Britt Bendixen .... choreographer
Ewa Borek .... production assistant: Poland
Erik Crone .... production assistant
Linda Daae .... continuity
Tómas Gislason .... continuity
Tómas Gislason .... shooting script
Józef Jarosz .... production assistant: Poland (as Jozef Jarosz)
Julian Jencquel .... production runner
Lisbet Matz .... production assistant
Mouns Overgaard .... production staff
Zdzislaw Sajuk .... production assistant: Poland
Monica Steenberg .... production assistant
Françoise Valentine .... underwater coordinator (as Fran Valentine)
Lars von Trier .... continuity
Lars von Trier .... shooting script
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zentropa" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of violence
Runtime:
112 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Pathécolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Director Trademark: [Lars von Trier] [Hypnosis]Max von Sydow's narration.See more »
Quotes:
[opening lines]
Narrator:You will now listen to my voice. My voice will help you and guide you still deeper into Europa. Every time you hear my voice, with every word and every number, you will enter into a still deeper layer, open, relaxed and receptive. I shall now count from one to ten...
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Soundtrack:
Europa AriaSee more »

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49 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
One of the Greatest Films of All Time, 3 September 2002
Author: David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA

Someone release this movie on DVD so it can take its hallowed place as one of the greatest films of all time in ten to twenty years when critics and film historians look back on the so-called films of the 1990's and see how vapid they were for the most part, and how Lars Von Trier tried to revolutionize and revitalize the international film world with this masterpiece. As it stands, "Zentropa" (or "Europa" as it is referred to outside the US) is one of the most fascinating and artistic views of the bleakness and almost psychotic uncertainty that oozed out of post WWII Europe, namely the decimated German landscape, whose physical horrors were matched only by the damage to the psyche of its people. Von Trier brilliantly paints his vision on screen. You will feel like you are watching some lost espionage noir classic from the late 1940's with the perfectly lighted black and white scenes, while at the same time feel you are on the brink of something beyond the cutting edge, especially in scenes like the assassination aboard the train. Literally, when you see this movie, you are witnessing the evolution of an art form.

For some reason, Von Trier got caught up in his own Dogma movement shortly after this. And while his "Breaking the Waves" and "Dancer in the Dark" are classics in their own right, it is with "Zentropa" that he truly lifted the art of film making to new and exciting heights. 10/10, ages like a fine wine, and begs for a DVD release.

***Postscript - Criterion released the film on DVD in 2009. Highly recommended.

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