Lars von Trier quotes

Born
30 April 1956, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.

Occupation
Director, writer.

Lars von Trier is a Danish director and writer.

I had an almost fetishistic attraction to film technology.
– Lars von Trier
Everything is going to Hell, but we should smile all the way.
– Lars von Trier
You know, I really do have some morals. I do actually care about people. And I do have a political standpoint.
– Lars von Trier
If you want to provoke, you should provoke someone who is stronger than you, otherwise you are misusing your power.
– Lars von Trier
I’m having a vacation, and it’s so beautiful, and maybe I’ll never get another film idea in my life.
– Lars von Trier
I always do something that I’ve never done before.
– Lars von Trier
When I was younger, I was fascinated by David Bowie, for example. he had created an entire myth around himself. It was as important as his music.
– Lars von Trier
I would say that I am a poor Christian, I’m not a believer. It was this idea very early in my life that life on earth, nature or man could not be a creation of a merciful God.
– Lars von Trier
Basically, I’m afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking.
– Lars von Trier
I know that I cannot be with a person for three hours without saying at least ten things that would kill me.
– Lars von Trier
I grew up in a culturally radical home, where strong emotions were forbidden.
– Lars von Trier
I am not very tough with raising my children, but you can argue that to be more tough will help your children.
– Lars von Trier
Only a fool does not fear actors, but you can’t beat them, and if you can’t beat them, join them, as they say. As I’ve got older I’ve become very interested in that part of the work.
– Lars von Trier
That’s the great thing about entering a convent: There are things that you simply can’t do, so you don’t have to worry about them.
– Lars von Trier
A film should be like a rock in the shoe.
– Lars von Trier
Actors need bricks to play with, and in fact we rejected all the improvised fragments we had made without a plan. Improvisation without a plan is like tennis without tennis balls.
– Lars von Trier
Far be it from me to force anyone into either chess or dressage, but if you choose to do so yourself, in my opinion there is only one way: follow the rules.
– Lars von Trier
If his creation is so great, why does God want us on our knees?
– Lars von Trier
More than anything, there are more images in evil. Evil is based far more on the visual, whereas good has no good images at all.
– Lars von Trier