"The Five Obstructions"
Directed by Lars von Trier/Jorgen Leth
Notorious director Lars von Trier (Dogville,
Breaking the Waves) dons the devil's mask and puts one of his idols,
Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth, to the test in this ingenious
pseudo-documentary. Calling himself the Obstructor, von Trier challenges
Leth to remake his 1967 short, The Perfect Human, five times and sets
bizarre, arbitrary constraints to limit Leth's creativity, including
shooting in locales around the world, using animation, shooting one film
with no shot longer than 12 frames, and more. A brilliant examination of the
nature of cinema, art and the creation process. "Watching The Five
Obstructions is at once like witnessing two chess masters playing
dominoes and like spying on a series of therapy sessions" (A.O. Scott,
The New York Times). 90 minutes.
From: "Noe Coward"
The film is about a director who remakes another directors film. The remaking of this piece is made all the more difficult by the insertion of..five
obstructions. This film is a documentary which chronicles the difficulties
encountered when trying to create a film to the specifications of the