Venice Film Festival: Lars von Trier to stop directing – To focus on his health

Venice Film Festival: Lars von Trier to stop directing – To focus on his health
Venice Film Festival: Lars von Trier to stop directing – To focus on his health

The Danish director Lars von Trierspeaking at a press conference at Venice Film Festivaltalked about the disease Parkinson’s from which he suffers but also the reason why he decided to end the series “The Kingdom” 28 years after the first season.

At the beginning of last month it became known that the Danish director Lars von Trier has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for four months. Despite this, Trier has completed the third and final season of “The Kingdom” series, titled “The Kingdom Exodus,” which just premiered in Venice.

Trier was available via video link in Venice and at the press conference and spoke about his illness, saying he had symptoms long before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“That meant I couldn’t respond as I would have liked as a director because I was sick. And that’s a shame for the actors of ‘The Kingdom Exodus,’ but I think they did a good job.”

He also said that he will be taking a short break from directing to focus on his health. “I’m going to take a little break and see what I can do. But I sure hope my situation will be better. It’s a disease you can’t cure, you can just live with the symptoms. I just have to get used to shaking and not being embarrassed in front of people. And then I go on, because what else can I do?’

Trier also talked about his series and what made him come back after 1994 and 1997 for a third and final season was when he saw the new season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. “If you compare ‘The Kingdom’ to David Lynch, ‘Twin Peaks’ certainly didn’t have an ending, but I actually had one in my line the whole time. The only thing that happened was that the protagonists died. But I felt some obligation to give her some kind of ending,” he said.


The article is in Greek

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