Director Lars von Trier has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, according to a press release from Zentropa obtained by The Copenhagen Post. Danish director of film, Oscar nominated, is 66.
“Lars is in good spirits and is being treated for his symptoms – and given treatment so he can complete ‘Riget Exodus,’” said the statement from Zentropa, the film company started by von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen.
According to the press release the filmmaker intends to continue work on the third season. “The Kingdom,”This film will be shown at the Venice Film Festival, Aug. 31,
The diagnosis however, means that von Trier is the one to be treated. “will only take part in interviews to a limited extent until the premiere later in the year.”
The third season, titled “The Kingdom Exodus,”The final installment of “The Kingdom,”The show premiered on Danish public broadcaster DR in 1994. The newest season is co-written by von Trier and Niels Vørsel, who also teamed up to write the first two seasons of the show.
The supernatural series is set in Copenhagen and centers around the patients and staff of the neurosurgical ward.
The famed director was once involved in controversy, when he was banned for seven consecutive years from Cannes in 2011, due to controversial comments. “sympathized”Adolf Hitler was Nazi dictator. For the world premiere, he made his reintroduction in 2018 at the festival. “The House That Jack Built.”
Other than “The Kingdom,” von Trier is known for directing titles such as Cannes’ Palme d’Or–winning “Dancer in the Dark,” “Antichrist,” “Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac” “Dogville.”