Director: JÃ¸rgen Leth, Lars von TrierThe Five Obstructions (De Fem BenspÃ¦nd) Denmark
'Between Lars von Trier and me I can say there is a sympathy and professional respect, but also both of us have an appreciation of play and experiment and teasing.' -JÃ¸rgen Leth
'There are just a few areas on which I think I'm an expert. One of them is JÃ¸rgen Leth.' -Lars von Trier
Danish enfant terrible Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark) enters the world of documentary filmmaking, challenging the conventions and boundaries of film production. In 1967, JÃ¸rgen Leth made a 13-minute film called The Perfect Human, a document on human behaviour. In 2000, von Trier, who claims to have seen the film over 20 times in a year, challenged Leth to remake it five times. The catch being that von Trier would put forward obstructions, a manifesto of sorts, for Leth to observe. The game is on, one full of traps and vicious twists that never cease to intrigue.
'a fascinating meditation on filmmaking and a remarkable intellectual exercise, The Five Obstructions illustrates the way in which innovation flourishes in the wake of adversity. It also offers conclusive proof of von Trier's outrageous genius.' -BBC Films
D/S JÃ¸rgen Leth, Lars von Trier P Carsten Holst WS Trust Film Sales L Danish, English, French, Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2003/90mins
JÃ¸rgen Leth was born in Aarhus, Denmark. Films include: 66 Scenes from America (1982), New Scenes from America (2002).
Lars von Trier was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1956. Films include: Zentropa (MIFF 1992), Breaking the Waves (1996), Dogville (2003).