You Can Make Your Own Difficulties: a conversation with Lars von TrierNovember 15th, 2011 | Posted by in Film Festivals | IndieFlix in the Media | Uncategorized
Danish director Lars von Trier is a big believer in the value of obstacles. In his approach to filmmaking, an obstacle can concentrate the creative energies. “You can make your own rules,” he says in the IndieFlix short film, A Conversation with Lars von Trier: “You can make your own difficulties.”
When Canadian filmmaker Eva Ziemsen traveled to Denmark to make A Conversation with Lars von Trier (“I called . . . to request an interview, and they politely told me no. . . . I considered this an invitation”), his Cannes kerfuffle was still in the future. But brief as it is, the conversation between Ms. Ziemsen and Mr. von Trier covers a surprising amount of ground, and offers some fascinating insights into the worldview—personal as well as professional—of the man whom some people, himself included, consider the best film director in the world.