CINE + PINCHOS / Film Club
22:00 h / Cafeteca / Free entry
Monday’s film (13th July) in the Cafeteca / 10 p.m.
The idiots (1998)
Lars von Trier (Danish with Spanish subtitles)
directed by Lars von Trier. It is his first film made in compliance with the Dogme 95 Manifesto, and is also known as Dogme #2. It is the second film in von Trier's Golden Heart Trilogy, which includes Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000). It is among the first films to be shot entirely with digital cameras.
Karen (Bodil Jørgensen) is dining alone at a crowded restaurant when a group of people who seem to be mentally disabled enter and disrupt everyone's meal. Discerning that they are not what they seem, Karen returns with the group to the large communal house they inhabit with charismatic Stoffer (Jens Albinus). This group of intellectuals is attempting to challenge bourgeois ideology by behaving like "idiots" in public. Karen, however, may take the act further than any of them had planned.
The Idiots was ranked #76 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010. The magazine had previously given it a full five star rating on its release in UK cinemas. It is listed as #941 in the film reference book '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die'. The film provoked a storm of publicity and debates, one of which was about the fictional representation of disability, the other about the sexual content, unusually explicit for a narrative film.