Leth and Trier's "The Five Obstructions" to compete at Venice


release27.08.2003Jørgen Leth and Lars von Trier's
film "The Five Obstructions" has been selected to participate in the
Controcorrente (Upstream) competition programme of the 60th Venice
International Film Festival. The festival will be held from 27 August to 6
September 2003. This is the first time in over a decade that a Danish film
has been selected and it is especially seldom that a documentary film is
included in Venice's competition programme. The last Danish film to enter
the Venice competition programme was Helle Ryslinge's "Sirup" which
received the Silver Lion for Best Screenplay in 1990.
From Venice "The Five
Obstructions" will move on to Malmö where it is selected to participate in
Nordic Panorama (23 - 28 September) and Sevilla, where a
retrospective of Jørgen Leth's work will take place (2 - 8
"The Five
Obstructions" is Lars von Trier's initiation into the world of documentary
filmmaking. It deals with veteran filmmaker Jørgen Leth recreating one of
his first films, "The Perfect Human" from 1967, which is a document on
life, expressed in the familiar Leth manner. Trier called the film 'the
little masterpiece'. In their new challenging creation, Leth must produce
five remakes of his original film, while Trier sets out obstructions
placing limitations, traps and prohibitions on Leth's filmmaking.

The film was produced by
Carsten Holst of Zentropa Real on a Euro 1.2 m budget that includes
support from the Danish Film Institute, DR TV, Nordic Film- & TV Fund,
as well as Eurimages. International sales are handled by Trust Film
LinksVenice International Film Festival:www.labiennale.orgZentropa
Special Issue/Leth (PDF): http://www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/index_english.asp?pid=11510 For
further informationDFI Anne Marie Kürstein, tel +44 3374
3609, +44 4041 4697, kurstein@dfi.dkDFI Vicki Synnott,
tel +44 3374 3438, vickis@dfi.dkTrust Film Sales, Füsun
Eriksen, tel +45 3686 8776, +45 2617 7776, fusun@trust-film.dk