Europa Europa

Europa

Lars von Trier

 
Europa (Criterion DVD)

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  • Denmark
  • 1991
  • 107 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • English, German, Danish
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  • Spine #454

“You will now listen to my voice . . . On the count of ten you will be in Europa . . .” So begins Max von Sydow’s opening narration to Lars von Trier’s hypnotic Europa (known in the U.S. as Zentropa), a fever dream in which American pacifist Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) stumbles into a job as a sleeping-car conductor for the Zentropa railways in a Kafkaesque 1945 postwar Frankfurt. With its gorgeous black-and-white and color imagery and meticulously recreated (if then nightmarishly deconstructed) costumes and sets, Europa is one of the great Danish filmmaker’s weirdest and most wonderful works, a runaway-train ride to an oddly futuristic past.

Cast

Leopold KesslerJean-Marc Barr
Katharina HartmannBarbara Sukowa
Lawrence HartmannUdo Kier
Uncle KesslerErnst-Hugo Järegård
SiggyHenning Jensen
PaterErik Mørk
Colonel HarrisEddie Constantine
NarratorMax von Sydow

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring director Lars von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen (in Danish, with English subtitles)
  • The Making of “Europa” (1991), a documentary following the film from storyboarding to production
  • Trier’s Element (1991), a documentary featuring an interview with von Trier, and footage from the set and Europa’s Cannes premiere and press conference
  • Anecdotes from Europa (2005), a short documentary featuring interviews with film historian Peter Schepelern, actor Jean-Marc Barr, producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen, assistant director Tómas Gislason, co-writer Niels Vørsel, and prop master Peter Grant
  • 2005 interviews with cinematographer Henning Bendtsen, composer Joachim Holbek, costume designer Manon Rasmussen, film-school teacher Mogens Rukov, editor/director Tómas Gislason, producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen, art director Peter Grant, actor Michael Simpson, production manager Per Arman, actor Ole Ernst
  • A conversation with Lars von Trier from 2005, in which the director speaks about the “Europa” trilogy
  • Europa—The Faecal Location (2005), a short film by Gislason
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Howard Hampton

    New cover by Jason Hardy

Film Essays

Europa: Night Train

By Howard Hampton December 03, 2008

Seduction by locomotive. Gliding on silvery reels of steel, tricked out with Lars von Trier’s stated panoply of “front and back projections, double exposure, and clearly choreographed camera . . . Read more »

News

“No More Happy Endings” for Von Trier

October 09, 2009

If you’ve been wondering how on earth Lars von Trier would follow up Antichrist, it may not surprise you that for his next movie, he may be leaving Earth behind altogether. The Danish bad boy . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Grand Tour

January 06, 2009

Europa is one part Casablanca, two parts Eraserhead, and all parts excellent,” writes Entertainment Weekly in an “A-grade” review of Lars von Trier’s black-and-white and color movie, which came . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Europa: Night Train

By Howard Hampton December 03, 2008

Seduction by locomotive. Gliding on silvery reels of steel, tricked out with Lars von Trier’s stated panoply of “front and back projections, double exposure, and clearly choreographed camera . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

Manifesto No. 3: Europa

By Lars von Trier December 02, 2008

Years before he and Thomas Vinterberg issued the well-known Dogme 95 manifesto, Lars von Trier wrote three similarly impassioned artist’s statements, one to accompany each of the films that make . . . Read more »


On Five

Color Me Impressed

By Lee Kline October 28, 2007

When I started preparing for a new transfer of The Ice Storm, I asked director Ang Lee if he wanted to supervise the session. Ang said that he’d like the cinematographer, Fred Elmes, to . . . Read more »