Lars Von Trier certainly isn't a director who likes the quiet life. After sparking a controversy in Cannes by praising Nazi architect Albert Speer you'd have thought that the filmmaker would give anything Speer related a wide berth, but he's made him the centre of a new film project.
The director was in the news recently, as he'll be directing Shia LaBeof in a new sex based film, 'Nymphomaniac'. But before that gets underway the maverick director 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 Speer’s controversial Nuremberg monument Zeppelinfield.
The others are James Joyce's 'Ulysses', the music of Sammy Davis Jr, Cesar Franck's musical improvisations, August Strindberg's play 'The Father' and Paul Gaugin's painting Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?
Von Trier has raised eyebrows throughout his career, famously filming real sex scenes in his 1998 movie 'The Idiots', something that has left LaBeouf speculating that he'll be asked to do the same. LaBeouf's girlfriend was reportedly in tears after hearing about the possiblity.
According to ScreenDaily, 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.”
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