Europa (known as Zentropa in North America) is a 1991 art drama film directed by Lars von Trier. It is von Trier's third theatrical feature film and the final film in his Europa trilogy following The Element of Crime (1984) and Epidemic (1987).
|Directed by||Lars von Trier|
|Narrated by||Max von Sydow|
|Music by||Joachim Holbek|
|Edited by||Hervé Schneid|
|Distributed by||Nordisk Film Biografdistribution|
|Box office||$1 million|
The film features an international ensemble cast, including French-American Jean-Marc Barr, Germans Barbara Sukowa and Udo Kier, expatriate American Eddie Constantine, and Swedes Max von Sydow and Ernst-Hugo Järegård.
A young, idealistic American hopes to "show some kindness" to the German people soon after the end of World War II. In US-occupied Germany, he takes on work as a sleeping-car conductor for the Zentropa railway network, falls in love with a femme fatale, and becomes embroiled in a pro-Nazi terrorist conspiracy.
- Max von Sydow as the Narrator
- Jean-Marc Barr as Leopold Kessler
- Barbara Sukowa as Katharina Hartmann
- Udo Kier as Lawrence Hartmann
- Ernst-Hugo Järegård as Uncle Kessler
- Henning Jensen as Siggy
- Erik Mørk as Pater
- Eddie Constantine as Colonel Harris
- Jørgen Reenberg as Max Hartmann
- Benny Poulsen as Steleman
- Erno Müller as Heifer
- Michael Phillip Simpson as Robins
- Holger Perfort as Mr. Ravenstein
- Anne Werner Thomsen as Mrs. Ravenstein
- Lars von Trier as Jew
- Baard Owe as Man with papers
Europa employs an experimental style of cinema, combining largely black and white visuals with occasional intrusions of colour, having actors interact with rear-projected footage, and layering different images over one another to surreal effect. The voice-over narration uses an unconventional second-person narrative imitative of a hypnotist (e.g. "On the count of ten, you will be in Europa.").
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The film won three awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival (Best Artistic Contribution, Jury Prize, and Technical Grand Prize). Upon realizing that he had not won the Palme d'Or, von Trier gave the judges the finger and stormed out of the venue.
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