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The Five Obstructions


Lars von Trier considers The Perfect Human (1967) to be one of his cult films.

He challenges his director, Jørgen Leth, to shoot five remakes of this short film.

For each project, he will impose new "obstructions" on him, forcing him to rethink the story and the characters of his original film. Leth will have to deal with restrictions, orders and other prohibitions.

The five obstructions is a game full of traps and vicious moves. A fascinating and completely new film around a filmmaker who agrees to completely recreate one of his first works.

An initiatory journey to the heart of the process of cinematographic creation.

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Director: Lars Von Trier & Jørgen Leth

Casting: Alexandra Vandernoot, Patrick Bauchau, Jørgen Leth, Claus Nissen,

Maiken Algren, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Duration: 90 minutes

Year: 2003

A Zentropa production

In co-production with Wajnbrosse, DFI (Denmark), Panic Productions (France) and Almaz Films (Switzerland)

With the support of the French Community of Belgium and the National Lottery