Magazine article Screen International

Lars Von Trier Backs User-Generated Film Project

Magazine article Screen International

Lars Von Trier Backs User-Generated Film Project

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Director sets rules for Copenhagen Art Festival project to reinterpret six famous art works, including controversial monument by Nazi architect Albert Speer.

Maverick director Lars von Trier has set the parameters for a user-generated film project produced by the Copenhagen Art Festival.

Participants are asked to reinterpret, through film or sound recordings, one or more of six famous works of art, including Nazi architect Albert Speer's controversial Nuremberg monument Zeppelinfield.

Von Trier praised Speer during his controversial Melancholia press conference at Cannes.

The project's editor, Danish director Jenle Hallund, says the ambition of the community piece is to "create a cacophonous testimony of the human condition's greater purpose than power and profit."

The six art works are:

James Joyce's novel Ulysses

August Strindberg's play The Father

Albert Speer's monument Zeppelinfield in Nuremberg

Paul Gauguin's painting Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?

César Franck's musical improvisations

The music of Sammy Davis Jr.

Participants can shoot up to five minutes of material.

Jenle Hallund, director of Zentropa drama Limboland and script consultant on von Trier's Melancholia, will arrange selected material into a 'universal art work' called Gesamt, which will be presented from October 2012 at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg exhibition space in Copenhagen. …

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