Tranceformer – A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Sweden/Denmark, 1997.  Danmarks Radio, Det Danske Filminstitut, Film i Väst, Memfis Film & Television, , Sveriges Television.  Screenplay by Stig Bjorkman. Cinematography by , , .  Produced by .  Film Editing by .  

The impressive life and career of celebrated filmmaker is examined in this mini-documentary by Stig Bjorkman. Von Trier’s family life and upbringing are detailed to a satisfying degree before we find out about his unorthodox training in cinema, both in film school as well as his own personal projects that he made with a home movie camera from childhood. The film was produced at the time that Breaking The Waves was about to make von Trier a household name, and gives some great glimpses into the making of that film as well as his experiences shooting his debut The Element of Crime, the six-hour miniseries The Kingdom and his art-house hit Europa (Zentropa). Not a hugely satisfying experience as documentaries go, but fans of the quirky artist will find a lot to enjoy.

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