The Idiots

Lars von Trier, Denmark, 1998

117 min.DK/Feature

The modern welfare state is so rationally well-organised that special effort is required if you want to throw off the traces and let your instincts run riot. In Lars von Trier's tragi-comedy a group of young men and women turn their backs on established society and form a commune in order to cultivate their "inner idiots". They provoke the people around them and themselves by pretending to be retarded. But is there more to their antics than casual role-playing? Where does pretence cease and reality begin? Only one member of the group, naïve, emotionally unsullied Karen, manages with bravery and single-mindedness to turn the game into deadly earnest.
Basic information Credits Music Materials
Original title Idioterne
Danish title Idioterne
Other titles Dogme #2
Director Lars von Trier
Screenplay Lars von Trier
Producer Vibeke Windeløv
Director of Photography Lars von Trier
Editor Molly Malene Stensgaard
Sound Per Streit
Casting Rie Hedegaard
Appearance Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby
Production country Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy
Domestic distribution Scanbox
International sales Zentropa Entertainments ApS
Technical info 3201 meter, 35 mm, 1,37:1 Academy, color, Dolby
Danish theatrical release 17.07.1998
Cinemas Dagmar, Palads, Grand, Gladsaxe Bio, BioCity (Tåstrup) samt 10 biografer i provinsen
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Zentropa Entertainments2, DR TV
Domestic distribution Scanbox


Direction Lars von Trier
Casting Rie Hedegaard


Script Lars von Trier
Script consultant Mogens Rukov


Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Unit manager Lene Nielsen
Co-producer Peter van Vogelpoel
Co-producer Eric Schut
Production assistant: Paris Nynne Bonnén Oldenburg
Production assistant Mette Nelund
Production assistant Tine Grew Pfeiffer
Co-producer Marianne Slot
Post-production assistant Anne Katrine Andersen
Producer Vibeke Windeløv
Post-producton coordinator Lene Irgens


Cinematography Lars von Trier
Camera assistant Kristoffer Nyholm
Camera assistant Jesper Jargil
Camera assistant Casper Holm
First assistant camera Edvard Friis-Møller
Camera assistant Ian Hansen
Clapper Caroline Sascha Cogez


Stills Jan Schut


Editing Molly Malene Stensgaard
Assistant editor Anne Hovad Fischer
Assistant editor Carsten Søsted
Avid supervisor Pelle Folmer
Online editor Peter Kornbek
Editing supervisor Mogens Rukov


Melodica Kim Kristensen


Sound Per Streit
Sound technician: 2. unit Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Sound technician: 2. unit Johan Winbladh
Boom operator John Nielsen
Boom operator Rene Schrøder


Interviewer Lars von Trier


Karen Bodil Jørgensen
Stoffer Jens Albinus
Susanne Anne Louise Hassing
Henrik Troels Lyby
Jeppe Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Ped Henrik Prip
Miguel Luis Mesonero
Josephine Louise Mieritz
Axel Knud Romer Jørgensen
Nana Trine Michelsen
Katrine Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis
Tjener Jan Elle
Rundviser på fabrik Claus Strandberg
Onkel Erik Wedersøe
Rocker 1 Lars Bjarne
Rocker 2 Ewald Larsen
Rocker 3 Chris
Rocker pige Louise Boye Clausen
Chef Jens Jørn Spottag
Dame 1 Kirsten Vaupel
Dame 2 Lillian Tillegreen
Dame 3 Birgit Conradi
Dame med to børn Julie Wieth
Josephines far Anders Hove
Fin dame Paprika Steen
Fin mand Albert Wickmann
Mand fra kommunen Michael Moritzen
Mand i hjemmejakke John Martinus
Severin Ditlev Weddelsborg
Svendsen Jesper Sønderaas
Karens mor Lone Lindorff
Karens morfar Erno Müller
Louise, Karens søster Regitze Estrup
Britta, Karens søster Lotte Munk
Anders, Karens mand Hans Henrik Clemensen
Axels kone Marina Bouras
Mand i swimmingpool Peter Frøge
Taxichauffør Bent Sørensen

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