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24 April 2015

Lars von Trier's Politics

The latest issue of Theory and Event is dedicated to the ouvre of Danish cinema's enfant terrible Lars von Trier. The issue, called "Breaking the Rules: Gender, Power, and Politics in the Films of Lars von Trier," was edited by Bonnie Honig and Lori Marso and features no less than 16 articles on political themes from Trier's films. Our very own Lars Tønder has contribued an article called "Comic Rules: Kierkegaard, The Idiots, and the Politics of Dogma 95" which stages a dialogue between Lars von Trier's The Idiots and the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in order to examine the concept of comic rule as a valuable resource for agonistic democratic theory and practice. In addition, Lars together with our student assistant Troels Skadhauge have translated the interview that Danish journalist Martin Krasnik conducted with von Trier in December, 2014. The topics of the interview include von Trier's alcoholism, Jewishness, and why von Trier used to call himself Lars "Lost Property." You can find the issue here: Theory and Event, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2015.