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 HamptonDecember 03, 2008

Seduction by locomotive. Gliding on silvery reels of steel, tricked out with Lars von Trier’s . . . 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 . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Europa: Night Train

By Howard HamptonDecember 03, 2008

Seduction by locomotive. Gliding on silvery reels of steel, tricked out with Lars von Trier’s . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

Manifesto No. 3: Europa

By Lars von TrierDecember 02, 2008

Years before he and Thomas Vinterberg issued the well-known Dogme 95 manifesto, Lars von Trier . . . Read more »


On Five

Color Me Impressed

By Lee KlineOctober 28, 2007

When I started preparing for a new transfer of The Ice Storm, I asked director Ang Lee if he . . . Read more »