THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS

DE FEM BENSPÆND

By Lars VON TRIER, Jørgen LETH

WAJNBROSSE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2003


Festivals
& Awards

Durban International Film Festival 2014
Best Documentary
Gulddok – Copenhaguen 2014
Gold Dok of the Year
Odense International Film Festival 2014
Grand Prix
FIPRESCI - Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2014
Prix du Jury
    • Year of production
    • 2003
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • DENMARK
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lars VON TRIER, Jørgen LETH
    • Producer(s)
    • Carsten HOLST (Zentropa), Marc-Henri WAJNBERG (Wajnbrosse)
    • Synopsis
    • Danish auteur Lars von Trier directs the documentary-of-sorts The Five Obstructions (De Fem Benspænd). In 2001, von Trier convinces veteran filmmaker Jørgen Leth to create five remakes of his 1967 short The Perfect Human. Calling himself the Obstructor, von Trier orders Leth to make his films in various parts of the world with extremely specific demands. For instance, the first film must be shot in Cuba with no set with only 12 frames per shot. The five remakes-within-the-film are "The Perfect Human: Bombay," "The Perfect Human: Brussels," "The Perfect Human: Cartoon," "The Perfect Human: Cuba," and "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark." Each has its own set of ridiculous limitations created by von Trier. The Five Obstructions was shown at the Sundance Film Festival as part of a special screening.
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