Acclaimed director Lars von Trier (Dogville, Dancer in the Dark) delves into the world of the supernatural with the acclaimed series that inspired Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital. At The Kingdom, Denmark’s most technologically advanced hospital, a number of strange and otherworldly events begin to occur, much to the dismay of its doctors and patients. A ghostly ambulance appears and disappears, the voice of a little girl calls to a patient in an elevator shaft and a doctor’s fetus begins growing at an alarming rate. —Koch Lorber Films
Part three of four.
With a back-story (almost) as singular as his films, Danish director Lars von Trier was one of the most exceptional filmmakers to burst onto the international film scene in the 1990s. Unapologetically confident in his artistry and an unabashed provocateur, von Trier could kick up a fuss about his behavior, but his stylistic brio, extreme narratives, and ability with actors prevented such films as Zentropa (1991), The Kingdom (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996), and Dancer in the Dark (2000) from being eclipsed by their creator. Even as he openly sought a larger audience by making films in English, von Trier’s success helped resurrect Scandinavian cinema’s international prominence; his intense fear of flying ensured he’d never “go Hollywood.”
Raised by his radical, nudist Communist parents in an unconventional environment where, as von Trier once put it, everything was permitted except “feelings, religion and enjoyment,” von Trier blossomed into a neurotic, left-wing, movie-loving… read more
chapter 4 A Foreign Body Be prepared to take the good with the evil Von Trier tells us in each's episodes epiloque and by the end of this segment the evil is about to explode. The penultimate episode brings us right to the edge of the drama with remarkable performances by Ernst-Hugo Jaregard, Kirsten Rolffes and Holger Juul Hansen. The questions are about to be answered.
Chapter 3 Hark and Ye Shall Hear - orginal broadcast version breaks the series into 5 parts. In this chapter, as the saying goes, the plot thickens. We discover the identity of Aage which for the time remains a mystery to the characters. We see the duplicity of Helmer and how far he is willing to go. The otherworldliness and eerieness is dialed up a bit and we start to discover how everything begins to tie together.