Trailer Park | Antichrist

25 05 2009

Dannish filmmaker Lars Von Trier’s latest film, “Antichrist” had audiences at the Cannes Film Festival buzzing . . . for all the wrong reasons. His violent, misogynistic tale that villifies women throughout history, is edgy, risky and bold – even if it’s not good.

Starring Willem Dafoe, “Antichrist” tells the story of a grieving couple who retreats to their cabin ‘Eden’ in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. Dafoe, who sparked similar controversy two decades ago playing Jesus in “The Last Temptation of Christ,” has stepped in it again – and deep!

Click on the image to view the trailer for “Antichrist.”

The ecumenical jury — which gives prizes for movies that promote spiritual, humanist and universal values — announced a special anti-award to “Antichrist.”

“We cannot be silent after what that movie does,” said Radu Mihaileanu, a French filmmaker and head of an international jury that announced the awards Saturday.

In a statement, Mihaileanu said Antichrist is “the most misogynist movie from the self-proclaimed biggest director in the world,” a reference to a statement by Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier at a post-screening news conference. The movie, Mihaileanu added, says that the world has to burn women in order to save humanity.

While films are viewed as escapist and forms of entertainment, as a spiritual believer and aware of the power of imagery, films that spread such negative messages are very troubling. Just as their exist an imbalance of positive images in African-American themed films, such is the plight of mainstream films between movies that promote positive spiritual imagery over demonic influences.

“Antichrist” caused a furor from its first screening, both for its violent scenes of mutilation and for a plot that seems to suggest that medieval witch-burnings were justified. Von Trier has denied charges of misogyny and said the movie came to him in a dream.

. . . and for audiences, Von Trier’s “dream” may end up as a great big nightmare!




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