The Oscar-nominated Danish director Lars von Trier has Parkinson’s disease.
The 66-year-old’s longtime production company, Zentropa, announced the news in a statement Monday with its blessing, according to Deadline.
“In agreement with Lars von Trier, Zentropa decided to publish what Lars has [been] suffering from Parkinson’s disease,” said Louise Vesth, producer of Trier at Zentropa, in the statement. “This is being done to counter speculation about his health ahead of the premiere of ‘The Kingdom Exodus’.”
Trier’s third and final installment in his 1990s supernatural cult TV series The Kingdom will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in late August.
“Lars is in good spirits and being treated for his symptoms, and work on The Kingdom Exodus is continuing as planned,” Vesth added.
Trier is unlikely to do much press to promote the show due to his diagnosis.
Other works by Trier include Dancer in the Dark Writer, Antichrist Writer, Melancholia Writer and the Nymphomaniac films.
His career was seen as controversial, particularly when more than 100 viewers left during a screening of his film The House That Jack Built at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival – while others gave a standing ovation.
“Matt Dillon plays a serial killer who hunts small children with a gun when he’s not maiming women. His co-star Uma Thurman conveniently had a scheduling conflict and didn’t show up,” The Post’s Johnny Oleksinski wrote at the time.
Trier also made films following a Danish movement called Dogma 95 rules, in which films were shot with no artificial lighting, attached music, or out-of-sequence scenes. The Idiots, which contains an explicit sex scene, was the first film shot under the Dogma 95 rules in 1998.
Also, all of the Dogma 95 films were shot with handheld cameras and directors were not named.
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