A Taste of Lars Von Trier: Europa (Zentropa)

Miami Cinematheque. Nov 12th, 2009. 8:00 p.m.

The film Europa (Zentropa), directed by Lars von Trier and starring Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Suvoka, Max von Sydow and Udo Kier, will be screened at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on November 12th at 8:00 p.m. as part of the European Trilogy.

“You will now listen to my voice . . . On the count of ten you will be in Europa . . .” So begins Max von Sydow’s opening narration to Lars von Trier’s hypnotic Europa (known in the U.S. as Zentropa), a fever dream in which American pacifist Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) stumbles into a job as a sleeping-car conductor for the Zentropa railways in a Kafkaesque 1945 postwar Frankfurt.

With its gorgeous black-and-white and color imagery and meticulously recreated (if then nightmarishly deconstructed) costumes and sets, Europa is one of the great Danish filmmaker’s weirdest and most wonderful works, a runaway-train ride to an oddly futuristic past.

Miami Beach Cinematheque
512 Española Way
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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