Lars von Trier (30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter, best known for his films Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves, Melancholia and Europa. He has a prolific and controversial career spanning almost four decades, his work is distinct for its use of genre and technical innovation, the confrontational examination of existential, social and political issues, and the treatment of subjects like mercy, sacrifice and mental health. His political and humanitarian work was honored in 2004 with the Cinema for Peace awareness award.
Among more than 100 awards and over 200 nominations in festivals worldwide, he is the recipient of the Palme d’Or (for Dancer in the Dark), the Grand Prix (for Breaking the Waves), the Prix du Jury (for Europa) and the Technical Grand Prize (for The Element of Crime and Europa) at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016 Trier began filming The House that Jack Built, an English-language serial killer thriller.
Lars von Trier is the founder and shareholder of international film production company Zentropa Films, which has sold more than 350 million tickets and has garnered seven Academy Award nominations over the past 25 years.