Danish director Lars von Trier said last week that he is feeling well shortly after doctors diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease. At the same time, however, he admitted that it will take some time to get used to the tremors associated with the disease. Reuters and Deadline magazine wrote about it.
A new venture by this 66-year-old creator The Kingdom Exodus is being screened at the Venice Film Festival. While the cast of the series arrived in person in the Italian city to promote the work, von Trier spoke to reporters via Zoom.
His production company announced last month that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system that causes the patient to gradually lose the ability to control and coordinate their movements.
“I think I’m doing well, but I’m going to struggle with the tremors for a while,” von Trier stated. “I just (feel) a little dumber than before, which says a lot,” he noted according to Reuters.
The Kingdom Exodus is the third and final episode of von Trier’s cult television show Kingdom from the nineties. The Hollywood Reporter server described the work as “a combination of hospital melodrama and grotesque horror”taking place in a hospital in Copenhagen.
“What I didn’t know was that I was already sick when we started filming… However, I hope the actors didn’t notice,” said the acclaimed director.
The miniseries premiered at the film festival in the form of a five-hour film. It will later be available on the Viaplay platform in five episodes.
Von Trier revealed that he did not try to perfectly connect the new season with the previous two, the website Deadline pointed out. “I didn’t sit down and look at all the old (episodes). I tried to let go of the old and just think about the characters.” described his approach to creation.
Von Trier is not afraid of any subject
Lars von Trier’s best-known works, in which the controversial director breaks taboos, include psychological horror Antichrista two-part drama A nymphomaniac or musical melodrama Dancer in the Dark with the Icelandic singer Björk in the lead role, for which he won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2000.
In 2011, he was expelled from the Cannes festival after the press conference for the film Melancholy (2011), a disaster drama starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, he “joked” that he was a Nazi. He later said he was a recovering alcoholic and drug user, according to Reuters. He returned to Cannes in 2018.