Selected Press Articles
Globe and Mail, Canada
Film Print, Toronto, Canada
Ekstra Bladet, Denmark
The McGill Daily, Montreal, Canada
Le Devoir, Montreal, Canada
A Conversation with Lars von Trier
Written and Directed by Eva Ziemsen
Running Time: 15:00 min.
DV/ Colour / 2005
Filmmaker Eva Ziemsen was determined to interview renowned film director, Lars von Trier. Her provocative offer, to conduct the interview nude, led to a revealing and truthful conversation about filmmaking.
Le Festival Du Nouveau, Montreal, (Premiere) 2005
Cabbagetown Film Festival
Aarhus Film Festival, Denmark
ImpaKT, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2005
Female Eye Film Festival, 2006
Stiffed Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2010
Lars Von Trier Retrospective, Munich, Germany, 2012
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Excerpt from Globe and Mail article, "The Naked and the Dane,"
by Gayle MacDonald
Feb. 17, 2005
Canadian filmmaker Eva Ziemsen decided a little more than a year ago, when she was a graduate student in London, that the best way to get the elusive Danish director to agree to an on-camera tete a tete for a documentary she was working on was to get naked. “My offer to conduct the interview naked was a gesture to bare myself first, before I asked him to bare himself, “explains Ziemsen, who holds a master‘s degree in feature film from the University of London. “ In doing that, I hoped he would understand that I understood him.” But before Ziemsen offered to strip off her skivvies, she called von Trier’s assistant. Thomas, and made a more “proper’pitch. She was politely fobbed off. “He very nicely explained to me that it was impossible because Lars had recently finished all his interviews for Dogville [the dark rape and revenge film starring Nicole Kidman], and that he was no longer accepting interviews. He was far too busy working on [his new movie about slavery] Manderlay. I hung up, but instead of being disappointed, I felt provoked, “remembers Ziemsen. “I immediately took the position, I’m going anyway. “ Ziemsen’s classmates, she readily admits, thought she was draft for thinking she could barge into a meeting with one of Europe’s top directors. “But I saw this obstacle as an invitation by Lars von Trier to play his game. I understood this. At least in my mind, I understood this, the pretty blonde says, smiling sweetly. So she bought a cheap plane ticket to Sweden, and took two train connections to get to von Trier’s studio compound, called Zentropa, an old army base near Copenhagen that’s been converted into the largest film facility in Scandinavia. It was cold, grey Friday in November, 2003. Armed with her camera, loaded down with cables, and milked for sound, she entered the building. The receptionist hid her face as Ziemsen turned the camera on the poor woman. The first person to walk through the doors was von Trier’s polite assistant, Thomas. “I spun around, but my camera was completely fogged up. I wasn’t really prepared for this Michael Moore style, despite barging in on them. He remembered me from the phone, and started to smile. I mentioned I came all the way from Canada, via London, via Sweden, via Copenhagen. It wasn’t working, and he was already trying to get rid of me. Then I caught a glimpse of Lars speeding away on his camouflage golf cart, “remembers Ziemsen. “That’s when I blurted out, I’ll do it nude!”