Lars von Trier Challenges Filmmakers to Reinterpret Controversial Works of Art

Lars von Trier Challenges Filmmakers to Reinterpret Controversial Works of Art

Aug 13, 2012

The Copenhagen Art Festival's newest film project Gesamt is being headed by Danish provocateur Lars von Trier. The Melancholia filmmaker is inviting people to participate in the global collaboration, asking directors to reinterpret "six great works of art through the lens of their camera or recording of sound." It should come as no surprise that the chosen films have a history of controversy and reflect Von Trier's own filmic themes. A press release — courtesy of Movie City News — provides some background details on the film selection:
 
"Everyone who wishes to participate can draw inspiration from one or several of the selected six art pieces: James Joyce’s work Ulysses, which once was banned in the United States because it was seen as obscene and lewd. Or one can be inspired by August Strindberg’s famous play The Father, which still stands as a striking example of a dysfunctional family. Then there is the somewhat more controversial monument the Zeppelinfield in Nuremberg, created by Hitler’s main architect Albert Speer. You can also choose the painting Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? by the French painter Paul Gauguin, or you can listen and interpret the French composer César Franck’s improvisations. And then, last but not least, you may choose to be inspired by Sammy Davis Jr., who stepped himself into the hearts of people through song."
 
If you're worried that you're all thumbs when it comes to making movies, have no fear. Participants are reassured that "technical skills are not the biggest priority — originality and enthusiasm are much more important." Danish director Jenle Hallund will compile the selected works. She was a script consultant for Von Trier’s Melancholia and directed the 2011 Zentropa short You Are Beautiful.
 
You have until September 6 to submit your entry and be part of the "community masterpiece." Gesamt will make its Copenhagen premiere at Kunsthal Charlottenborg on October 12. Visit the official website to find out how you can be part of the cinematic experiment.
 
 

GesamtTeaserDK from Gesamt Film on Vimeo.

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