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.
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.