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EUROPA (aka ZENTROPA) (1991)

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Catalogue No. ACC0042
SRP A$29.95
APN 9333723000424
DVD Release Date 5 Apr 2006
Director Lars von Trier
Producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Bo Christensen
Cast Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier, Babara Sukowa & Ernst-Hugo Jargegard
Rating M (Medium level violence)
Run Time 113 Minutes
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Language English / German (Optional English subtitles)
Special Features *Audio commentary by director Lars Von Trier, actors Jean Marc-Barr and Udo Kier and producer Peter Aalbaek *"The Making of Europa" documentary *"Anecdotes from Trier's "Europa" - interviews with cast and crew *Theatrical trailer
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Awards 1991 - Nominated - Golden Palm - Cannes Film Festival 1991 - Winner - Best Artistic Contribution, Jury Prize & Technical Grand Prize - Cannes Film Festival 1991 - Winner - Bronze Horse - Stockholm Film Festival

Lars Von Trier's early masterpiece, EUROPA, is one of the most visually striking films ever made. Alternating between glorious black-and-white and lush colour cinematography and other astonishing visuals, EUROPA is symbolic of the death throes of Nazism and the moral culpability of Americans and others who arrived too late to save the victims of this violent and oppressive regime.

In 1945, Leo Kessler, an American of German descent, arrives in post-war Germany in order to work and explore the land of his father. He unexpectedly discovers a conquered and destroyed country overshadowed by darkness towards the end of the Nazi regime.

On arrival, his uncle gets him a job as a night conductor on the Zentropa Railway Line, owned by the Nazi sympathizer and magnate, Max Hartmann. The American tries to remain neutral to the ongoing purging of loyalists by the Allied forces. Unfortunately, he falls in love with the magnate's daughter and finds himself being used by both the American and the influential family. With his neutrality compromised, Leo is finally forced to make some extremely horrifying and tragic decisions.
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