Director: Lars von Trier, Morten Arnfred Run Time: 290 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1994 Language: Danish
Starring: Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Ghita Nørby, Holger Juul Hansen, Kirsten Rolffes, Søren Pilmark, Udo Kier
Lars von Trier first made a name for himself directing a prodigiously deranged trilogy of films about the traumas of 20th-century Europe (The Element of Crime, Epidemic, and Europa), but it was this 1994 television outing, a medical-supernatural miniseries co-directed with Morten Amfred, that brought him international acclaim and helped establish the rigorous style that he would formalize one year later with Dogme 95. A singular blend of horror, humor, and melodrama, THE KINGDOM centers around the neurosurgical ward of Rigshospitalet—Denmark’s most technologically advanced hospital, which happens to be built on top of old bleaching ponds in Copenhagen—where strange and otherworldly events have started to occur, much to the dismay of doctors and patients: a child’s voice cries out to a patient in an elevator shaft, a phantom ambulance appears and disappears, and a pregnant doctor’s fetus grows at unnatural speed. Perhaps the most eccentric, turbulent television series of the 1990s after Twin Peaks, THE KINGDOM unfolds, as the critic Howard Hampton put it in Film Comment, “As if St. Elsewhere were infiltrated by the restless souls of Poltergeist.” Restored from the original S16mm prints by Zentropa. – Film Society of Lincoln Center
In Danish and Swedish with English subtitles
Please note: There will be an intermission during the screening.