Lars von Trier (né Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director, actor, producer, writer, and song-writer. Beginning in the late-1960s as a child actor working on Danish television series Secret Summer, Trier's career has spanned more than four decades. Considered a major figure of the European film industry, he and his works have been variously described as ambitious and provocative, as well as technically innovative. His films offer confrontational examinations of existential, social,, psychosexual, and political issues, and deal in subjects including mercy, sacrifice, and mental health. He frequently collaborates with the actors Jens Albinus, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier and Stellan Skarsgård.
Von Trier co-created the avant-garde filmmaking movement Dogme 95 alongside fellow director Thomas Vinterberg and co-founded the Danish film production company Zentropa Films, which has sold more than 350 million tickets and ga