The Kingdom I

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The Kingdom Hospital is full of strange inhabitants. Neurosurgeon Stig Helmer is desperate to destroy evidence of his unsuccessful brain operation on a little Danish girl. Rigmor, the consultant anaesthetist, has a fascination for Haiti and voodoo magic. Junior registrar Krogshøj is worried about Judith, the love of his life, who is pregnant and is expanding at an abnormal rate. As if that weren’t enough, the eternal patient Mrs. Drusse is trying to solve a mystery of a spirit of a little girl who died a ghastly death in 1919 and haunts the elevator shaft.


1996 Adolf Grimme Award (Series/Miniseries),  1998 Bodil Awards (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress), 1999 International Fantasy Film Award (Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film)

Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier (b. 1956) graduated from the National Film School of Denmark, 1983. In a few years von Trier became an internationally acclaimed auteur director of feature films. He is the co-founder of the Danish production company Zentropa as well as one of the founders of the Danish Dogme movement in the 1990s. Lars von Trier’s films have won prizes worldwide and in Cannes, including the Palme d’Or and Best Actress Award for Dancer in the Dark, the Grand Prix du Jury for Breaking the Waves and the Best Actress award for Charlotte Gainsbourg’s performance in Antichrist. Scanorama showed director’s films Breaking the Waves, Idiots, Dogville, The Five Obstructions, Manderlay, Antichrist and Melancholia.