torsdag den 19. maj 2011

Leth defends Lars von Trier

Jørgen Leth, currently on his Denmark tour with the band 'Vi sidder bare her', has taken time off to comment on the controversy regarding Lars von Trier's infamous press conference at the Cannes Film festival yesterday. "The fact that Lars von Trier has been banned from the festival due to his comments on Hitler and the Second World War is outright ridiculous", says Leth. Leth is very surprised that the Cannes establishment doesn't recognize the statements from Trier as merely a testament to his infamous need to provoke. "There is no doubt that Lars got carried away", says Leth, "but he has given a formal apology and that should be the end of it."
Leth will give statements to several different media today. To see and hear more about Leth's take on the situation, please visit TV2 and Politiken among many others.

lørdag den 7. maj 2011

The world according to Jørgen Leth

This week, Planete Doc Film Festival in Warszawa presents an impressive selection of Danish documentary films. Jørgen Leth's 'Erotic Man' will compete in two different categories, the Millenium Award and the Canon Cinematography Award, and Leth himself is in Warszawa for the festival to personally introduce the Polish premiere of his film. In addition, Leth and Polish actor Jan Nowicki will reunite on stage after more than 20 years. Nowicki starred in Leth's 'Notes on Love (1989), and they haven't seen each other since.
On the occasion of Leth's visit to Poland, the Polish company Against Gravity, represented by Artur Liebhart, will introduce their latest publication, a box set with 11 of Leth's most important films, presented in their prestigious series of box sets: 'The world according to...'. Only one other documentary filmmaker has been published in this series so far: the legendary Werner Herzog.
For more information about the festival, please visit DFI (Danish) or Planete Doc. For more about the box set release, please visit Against Gravity.