Close Up

13 - 20 August 2023: Dogville


Lars von Trier, 2003, 178 min

In the fictitious rural American town of Dogville, a mysterious woman arrives seeking shelter from her troubled past. She agrees to work for the townspeople in exchange for protection from a band of gangsters pursuing her. As the threat becomes imminent, the townspeople modify their arrangement with potentially fatal consequences. Never a stranger to Brechtian formal experimentation, von Trier employed a uniquely designed black-box set for the town with virtually no facades or building structures and further heightened the work’s theatricality by relying upon an unseen male narrator.

Screening as part of our Close-Up on Lars von Trier