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The five obstructions

Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2003

92 min.DK/Documentary

Together with Danish documentary film veteran Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier enters the world of documentary filmmaking and takes on the task of challenging conventional ways of documentary and film production. In 1967 Jørgen Leth made a 13 min. short film called »The Perfect Human«, a document on human behaviour. In the year 2000, Trier challenged Leth to make five remakes of this film. Trier put forward obstructions, constraining Leth to re-think the story and the characters of the original film. Playing the naive anthropologist, Leth attempts to embrace the cunning challenges set forth by the devious and sneaky Trier and must deal with the limitations, commands and prohibitions. It is a game full of traps and vicious turns. »The Five Obstructions« is an investigative journey into the phenomenon of filmmaking.

World Premiere at Venezia Festival D'Arte Cinematografica 2003. Selected for special programme, IDFA Amsterdam; Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for European Film Academy Awards and Oscar Foreign Language Film Award. Won Best Documentary at Durban International Film Festival; Gold Dok of the Year at Gulddok; Grand Prix at Odense International Film Festival and FIPRESCI Jury Prize at Zagreb Motovun Film Festival.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title De fem benspænd
Danish title De fem benspænd
Other titles De 5 benspænd, The five obstructions
Keywords Leth, Jørgen, Film Production, Trier, Lars von, Film Aesthetics, Film Directors
Director Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier
Screenplay Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier, Asger Leth
Based on Baseret på filmen "Det perfekte menneske" fra 1968 af Jørgen Leth.
Producer Carsten Holst
Director of Photography Dan Holmberg
Editor Camilla Skousen, Morten Højbjerg
Sound Hans Møller
Appearances Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier
Production country Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, France
Production companies Zentropa Real, Wajnbrosse Productions, Almaz Film Productions, Panic Productions
Finance an European coproduction supported by Eurimages
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
International sales TrustNordisk / Filmbyen 22 / 2650 Hvidovre / t +45 3686 8788 / f +45 3677 4448 / info@trustnordisk.com / www.trustnordisk.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info 2503 meter, 35 mm, color, Dolby SR
Danish festival release 07.11.2003, Grand, vist som åbningsgalla (og i konkurrencen) ved CPH:DOX [Copenhagen International Documentary Festival] 2003
Danish theatrical release 21.11.2003
Cinemas Grand, Café Biografen (Odense), Cafe Biografen (Fakse), Øst for Paradis (Århus), Empire
Find more Variety Vol CCCXCII, nr 6 (Sept 22, 2003); p 28
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all

Companies

Production companies Zentropa Real, Wajnbrosse Productions, Almaz Film Productions, Panic Productions
Finance an European coproduction supported by Eurimages
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution

Direction

Direction Jørgen Leth
Animation director Bob Sabiston
Direction Lars von Trier
Assistant director Asger Leth
Casting: The perfect human, Cuba Magdalena Garcia
Casting: The perfect human, Cuba Marianne Christensen

Script

Script Jørgen Leth
Script Lars von Trier
Script Asger Leth

Production

Producer Carsten Holst
Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Executive producer Vibeke Windeløv
Co-executive producer Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Co-executive producer Gérald Morin
Co-executive producer Nicole Mora
Line producer Marianne Christensen
Producer's assistant Signe Birket-Smith
P.A. to Carsten Holst Nina Munch Petersen
Producer's assistant Rasmus Christoffersen
Producer's assistant Jordan Savel
Producer's assistant Majken Bramstrup
Producer's assistant Jesper Grüner
Production assistant: The perfect human, Cuba Anders Jacobsen
Production manager: The perfect human, Cuba Magdalena Garcia
Production coordinator: The perfect human, Cuba Javier Gonzales
Production manager: The perfect human, Bombay Amrit Gangar
Production coordinator: The perfect human, Bombay Suhas Bhiwandkar
Production coordinator: The perfect human, Bombay Floyd E. Casper
Production coordinator: The perfect human, Bombay Deepak Rao
Producer: The perfect human, Brussels Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Production manager: The perfect human, Brussels Tom Heene
Production assistant: The perfect human, Brussels Marie-Aude Goddard
Production assistant: The perfect human, Brussels Mairead O'Leary
Production assistant: The perfect human, Brussels Rogier van Eck
Production assistant: The perfect human, Brussels Manka Sierakowski
Production assistant: The perfect human, Brussels Isabelle Corlier
Production coordinator: The perfect human, Brussels Johanne Stainer
Location manager: The perfect human, Brussels Delphine Coterel
Runner: The perfect human, Brussels Stefan Maenen
Producer: The perfect human, cartoon Marc-Henri Wajnberg
P.A. to Lars von Trier Thomas Schindel

Cinematography

Director of Photography Dan Holmberg
Camera assistant Adam Philp
Cinematographer: 2. unit Asger Leth
Camera assistant: "The perfect human": Brussels Manuel Dacosse
Cinematographer: "The perfect human", 1968 Ole John
Cinematographer: "The perfect human", 1968 Henning Camre
Cinematographer: 3. unit, The conversations Jakob Bonfils
Cinematographer: 3. unit, The conversations Kim Hattesen

Electrical dept.

Gaffer: The perfect human: Brussels François Zeegers

Editing

Editor: The Perfect Human, 1968 Knud Hauge
Editing Camilla Skousen
Editing Morten Højbjerg

Music

Composer: Det perfekte menneske, 1968 Henning Christiansen

Wardrobe

Stylist: The perfect human, Brussels Elisabeth Houtart

Makeup

Makeup artist: ("The perfect human: Cuba") Magdalena Coamano
Makeup artist: ("The perfect human: Cuba") Lisa Schonker
Hairdresser Juan Pacifico

Sound

Sound designer Hans Møller
Sound technician: The perfect human: Cuba Martin Saabye Andersen
Sound technician: The perfect human: Bombay Jan Juhler
Sound technician: The perfect human: Brussels Paul Heymans
Sound technician:The perfect human: cartoon Tom Koester
Sound technician:The perfect human: cartoon Paul Heymans
Sound technician: "The obervations" Morten Bøttzauw
Sound technician: "The obervations" Jens de Place Bjørn
Sound technician: "The obervations" Kasper Munck-Hansen

Animation

Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Randy Cole
Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Jennifer Drummond
Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Holly Fisher
Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Michael Layne
Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Katy O'Connor
Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Bob Sabiston
Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Susan Sabiston
Animation ("The perfect human": Cartoon) Patrick Thornton
Animation consultant: The perfect human: Cartoon Asger Leth

Appearance

The Man ("Det perfekte menneske", 1968) Claus Nissen
The Woman ("Det perfekte menneske",1968) Majken Algren Nielsen
Himself - Director Jørgen Leth
Himself - Obstructor Lars von Trier
The Perfect Man ("Obstruction #1") Daniel Hernández Rodríguez
The Perfect Woman ("Obstruction #1") Jacqueline Arenal
The Perfect Man (Obstruction #3") Patrick Bauchau
The Perfect Woman (Obstruction #3") Alexandra Vandernoot
The Maid ("Obstruction #3") Marie Dejaer
Body Double ("Obstruction #3") Melanie Munt
Couple - Man ("Obstruction #3") Pascal Perez
Couple - Woman ("Obstruction #3") Meschell Perez
The Gangster ("Obstruction #4") Bent Christensen
The Naked Man ("Obstruction #4") Anders Hove
The Naked Woman ("Obstruction #4") Charlotte Sieling
The Man with Jacket ("Obstruction #4") Jan Nowicki
The Woman with Money ("Obstruction #4") Stina Ekblad
Appearance Vivian Rosa

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Grand Prix 2004 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2004
FIPRESCI Jury Prize 2004 Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2004

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2015-04-09
Dokufest Prizren 2011-07-23
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 2010-10-14
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2008-11-13
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 2007-10-18
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2007-01-24
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2006-03-02
Jeonju International Film Festival 2005-04-28
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2005-03-29
ZagrebDox 2005-02-22
Reykjavik Film Festival 2004-11-17
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2004-10-26
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 2004-10-24
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2004-09-16
Sarajevo Film Festival 2004-08-20
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2004-08-09
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2004-07-26
Melbourne Film Festival 2004-07-21
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2004-07-16
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2004-07-16
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 2004-07-08
Sydney Film Festival 2004-06-11
München Documentary Festival 2004-05-07
Vilnius International Film Festival 2004-04-30
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2004-04-14
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2004-04-06
Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata Int. FF 2004-03-11
Göteborg International Film Festival 2004-01-23
Sundance Film Festival 2004-01-15
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2003-11-22
Oslo International Film Festival 2003-11-20
Amsterdam, IDFA 2003-11-20
Mannheim-Heidelberg, Int. Film Festival 2003-11-20
CPH:DOX 2003-11-07
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2003-10-30
Valladolid International Film Festival 2003-10-24
Bergen International Film festival 2003-10-16
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2003-10-13
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2003-09-25
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2003-09-23
Toronto International Film Festival 2003-09-04
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