Lars von Trier is a Danish avant-garde director, born in 1956, whose works are heavily on the cynical side of Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism. His films often have emotional pain and depression as their central themes, and just as often portray humankind as inherently evil creatures that are more than happy to exploit, torment and ultimately destroy the few kind and selfless individuals in the world.
As a director, Trier is well-known for his extensive use of Black Comedy, his weird ability to make actors perform way beyond their personal boundaries, and being one of the writers of the Dogme 95 Manifesto.
The "von" in his name does not come from German nobility, but is in fact an in-jokish nickname Trier had amongst his fellow students in film school. He ultimately decided to keep the nickname to pay homage to Erich von Stroheim and Josef von Sternberg, who also added their "von" later in life.
Lars von Trier's works includes:
- Breaking The Waves
- Dancer in The Dark
- The Element of Crime
- The Idiots