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Lars Von Trier wins Denmark’s Sonning Prize

The Danish director Lars von Trier has won the Sonning Prize for his contribution to European culture.

The award is handed out by the University of Copenhagen and comes with a one million kroner cash prize. The Sonning Prize is presented every two years and was established in the will of the Danish author and editor Carl Johan Sonning.

“As a filmmaker, Lars von Trier has managed to give different genres his very own interpretation. In that sense, he is a ground-breaking and avant-garde artist who positions himself confidently and self-consciously in a place far removed from the ever more commercialised mainstream films.” says Milena Bonifacini, the Chairman of the Academy Council.

Lars von Trier became an established director in the 1980’s with his film Europa, but broke through into the Danish industry with his television series The Kingdom. His international career started with Breaking the Waves and he has since gone on to direct films such as Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac. He also founded the production company Zentropa, which is one of Denmark’s top companies today. Trier is currently working on The House That Jack Built, which will be released this year.

The Sonning Prize 2018 will be awarded on the anniversary of CJ Sonning’s birthday, 19th April, in the Ceremonial Hall at the University of Copenhagen.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.