This long film was originally made as a four-part TV series and has every chance of becoming the Danish Twin Peaks. It is a whimsical satire with horror elements on soap series set in hospitals, in consciously messy and slovenly video. The modern ghost story is set in a huge Danish national hospital, The Kingdom, that is also its real name; an institution that symbolises pure rational medical science. It is precisely here, where every superstition is taboo, that Von Trier lets the genie out of the lamp. As in a real soap, he follows the characters in their increasingly unlikely adventures. Von Trier was also inspired by a TV series he knew in his youth, the French Belphegor.

International title
The Kingdom
Filmmaker
Lars von Trier
Premiere
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Country
Denmark
Year
1994
Medium
35mm
Length
280’
Language
Danish, Swedish
Producer
Zentropa Entertainments, Ole Reim
Sales
Coproduction Office