Zentropa ()

Europa (original title)
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Just after W.W.II, 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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Leopold Kessler
Katharina Hartmann
Lawrence Hartmann
Uncle Kessler
Erik Mørk ...
Jørgen Reenberg ...
Max Hartmann
Colonel Harris
Narrator (voice)
Benny Poulsen ...
Erno Müller ...
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt ...
Michael Phillip Simpson ...
Holger Perfort ...
Mr. Ravenstein
Anne Werner Thomsen ...
Mrs. Ravenstein
Hardy Rafn ...
Man in Housecoat
Cæcilia Holbek Trier ...
Jewish Man
Talila ...
Jewish Wife
Jon Ledin ...
American Soldier
Man with Papers
Leif Magnusson ...
Doctor Magnus
Vera Gebuhr ...
Depot Assistant
Else Petersen ...
Old Female Assistant
Ben Zimet ...
Old Man 1
Tadek Lokcinski ...
Old Man 2 (as Thadee Lokcinski)
Peter Haugstrup ...

Directed by

Lars von Trier

Written by

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

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)

Editorial Department

Urszula Lesiak ... assistant editor
Michael Frank Nielsen ... color timer

Casting By

Rie Hedegaard

Production Design by

Henning Bahs
Andrzej Borecki ... (in Poland)

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
Emil Kostecki ... property master: Poland
Bogdan Piotrowski ... property master: Poland
Simone Grau Roney ... assistant props (as Simone Grau Larsen)
Finn Skovgaard ... storyboard artist
Kazimierz Stys ... property master: Poland
Gitte Zehngraff ... assistant production designer
John Wexøe ... painter (uncredited)

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

Script and Continuity Department

Linda Daae ... continuity
Tómas Gislason ... continuity / shooting script
Lars von Trier ... continuity / shooting script

Other crew

Sabelle Arcay ... production assistant
Britt Bendixen ... choreographer
Ewa Borek ... production assistant: Poland
Erik Crone ... production assistant
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)

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Plot Summary

An American of German descent arrives in post-war Germany 1945. His uncle gets him a job on the Zentropa train line as a sleeping car conductor. The American's wish is to be neutral to the ongoing purges of loyalists by the Allied forces and do what he can to help a hurting country, but he finds himself being used by both the Americans and the influential family that owns the railroad. After falling in love with the railroad magnate's daughter, he finds that he can't remain neutral and must make some difficult choices. Written by Ed Sutton

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Also Known As
  • Zentropa (United States)
  • ヨーロッパ (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Rakavot lai'la (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Evropa (Slovenia)
  • Европа (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 112 min
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Budget DKK28,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia (Director Cameo) Lars von Trier: the Jew who signs the affidavit clearing the name of the Zentropa owner. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of 'Europa' (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Europa Aria 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. On the count of ten, you will be in Europa. I say: one. And as you focus your attention entirely on my voice, you will slowly begin to relax. Two - your hands and your fingers are getting warmer and heavier. Three - the warmth is spreading through your arms, to your shoulders and your neck. Four - your feet and your legs get heavier. Five - the warmth is spreading to the whole of your body. On six, I want you to go deeper. I say: six. And the whole of your relaxed body is slowly beginning to sink. Seven - you go deeper and deeper and deeper. Eight - on every breath you take, you go deeper. Nine - you are floating. On the mental count of ten, you will be in Europa. Be there at ten. I say: ten.
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