Manifesto I (Denmark, 1984)

Among his many accomplishments Lars von Trier is largely responsible for newfound interest in film and moving image manifestos, especially the plethora that have popped up on the Internet in the last ten to fifteen years. In the next three manifestos, written partly as statements of purpose, partly as publicity, Trier outlines some perhaps enigmatic concerns about his “Europe trilogy”, The Element of Crime (Denmark, 1984), Epidemic (Denmark, 1987), and Europa (Denmark/France/Germany, 1991). Trier emphasizes the generational aspects of filmmaking in the first two manifestos, which foreshadow Dogme ’95, and introspects on his own self-described onanistic creativity in the final manifesto.