Epidemic (1988)

Original Title : Epidemic
Director : Lars von Trier
Writer : Lars von Trier
Niels Vørsel
Genre : Drama
Country : Denmark
Language : Danish and English
Producer : Jacob Eriksen
Music : Peter Bach
Photography : Henning Bendtsen
IMDB ID : 0092972
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Epidemic (1988) - Lars von Trier


ÂAllan De Waal Svend
ÂIb Hansen Claes
ÂUdo Kier Udo
ÂJan Kornum Larsen Gitte
ÂLeif Magnusson Susanne
ÂLennart Pasborg Cabbie/Priest
ÂMik Skov Niels
ÂLars von Trier Lars/Dr. Mesmer


A film director and a script writer (performed by Lars von Trier and Niels Vørsel themselves) write a screenplay, in which an epidemic spreads about the whole world. Like the protagonist they do not notice, that a real epidemic is developing around them.


This is the first time Trier tries to film in the docu-drama style, a style he perfected later on in The Kingdom. The 16-mm footage in this film is basically Trier learning this style. As in The Element Of Crime none of the characters has any influence on the story, everything is pre-destined. Triers script becomes reality as it was meant to be, symbolised with the 32-mm filming in the end. Everything falls into place. The second part of this movie, the 32-mm filmed story, has a strong connection to Element of Crime, but not as elegantly filmed.
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Epidemic (1988) - Lars von Trier