Europa

"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.

Film Info

  • Lars von Trier
  • Denmark
  • 1991
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • English, German, Danish
  • Spine #454

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Europa
Cast
Jean-Marc Barr
Leopold Kessler
Barbara Sukowa
Katharina Hartmann
Udo Kier
Lawrence Hartmann
Ernst-Hugo Järegård
Uncle Kessler
Henning Jensen
Siggy
Erik Mørk
Pater
Eddie Constantine
Colonel Harris
Max von Sydow
Narrator
Credits
Director
Lars von Trier
Producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Producer
Bo Christensen
Executive producers
Gerard Mital
Executive producers
Gunnar Obel
Executive producers
Patrick Godeau
Executive producers
François Duplat
Screenplay
Lars von Trier
Screenplay
Niels Vørsel
Cinematography
Henning Bendtsen
Cinematography
Jean-Paul Meurisse
Cinematography
Edward Klosinsky
Production design
Henning Bahs
Music
Joakim Holbek
Costume designer
Manon Rasmussen
Editing
Hervé Schneid
Sound designer
Per Streit Jensen
Sound recordist
Pierre Excoffier

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