The film, shot in 35mm and running almost a feature-length 57 minutes - highly unusual for a Film School production - was set in the chaotic final days of World War II, shortly after Denmark was liberated on May 4, 1945. Von Trier (1956, Denmark) added to the film previously unseen documentary footage of violent street scenes that transpired in Copenhagen in the wake of liberation. We see incidents of brutality and humiliation as citizens beat up stool pigeons and suspected collaborators. He managed to purloin this material from the archives of Denmarks Radio. ('If it happened, it should also be shown,' was his motto.)

Original title
Befrielsesbilleder
Filmmaker
Lars von Trier
Country
Denmark
Year
1982
Medium
35mm
Length
52’
Language
Danish
Writer
Lars von Trier
Editor
Tómas Gislason