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Lars von Trier Biography

Birth Name:
Lars Trier
Birth Place:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Director, screenwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Became enamored with filmmaking after receiving a Super-8 camera for his 11th birthday
  • Was raised by nudist parents
  • Born Lars Trier, he added the "von" as a tribute to director Erich von Stroheim
  • Cofounded the Dogme 95 filmmaking movement, which employs use of hand-held cameras and natural light
  • Made waves in the mainstream with the 1996 film Breaking the Waves
  • Has a fear of flying
  • Was banned from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival after he made controversial remarks about Hitler


  • 2019Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2019Robert Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2015Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 2015Robert Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2014European Film Awards-European Film: nominated
  • 2012Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 2012César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2012David di Donatello Awards-Best European Film: nominated
  • 2012Independent Spirit Awards-Best International Film: nominated
  • 2012Robert Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2012Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011European Film Awards-European Film: winner
  • 2010Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 2010Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 2010Robert Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2006Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2006Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2006Robert Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2004Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 2004Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2004Robert Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2004César Awards-Best Film from the European Union: nominated
  • 2003European Film Awards-European Director: winner
  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 2001César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2001Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2001Robert Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2000Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or: winner
  • 2000European Film Awards-European Film: winner
  • 2000Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2000Jameson People's Choice Award-Best European Director: winner
  • 1999Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 1998European Film Awards-European Screenwriter: nominated
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1997César Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 1997Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 1997Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 1996National Society of Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 1996Cannes Film Festival-Grand Prix: winner
  • 1996New York Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 1996European Film Awards-European Film: winner
  • 1996European Film Awards-FIPRESCI Award: winner
  • 1995Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 1992Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 1992Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 1991Cannes Film Festival-Jury Prize: winner
  • 1985Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 1985Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: winner
  • 1984Cannes Film Festival-Technical Grand Prize: winner


  • Agnes Trier--Daughter
  • Selma Trier--Daughter
  • Bente Froge--Ex-wife
  • Caecilia Holbek--Ex-wife
  • Fritz Michael Hartmann--Father
  • Inger Trier--Mother
  • Jenle Hallund--Significant Other
  • Benjamin Trier--Son
  • Ludvig Trier--Son
  • Ulf Trier--Stepfather