20 Very Lars von Trier Quotes About Life, Filmmaking, and Pissing People Off

Happy birthday to Danish director and provocateur Lars von Trier. The controversial filmmaker is currently working on his serial killer drama The House That Jack Built, starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz, and more. It feels like a long way until 2018, the film’s projected release date, but until then we have these very charming, oddball, funny Lars von Trier quotes to keep us company and remind us why we’re enthralled by his films.

“If anyone would like to hit me, they are perfectly welcome. I must warn you, though, that I might enjoy it. So maybe it’s not the right kind of punishment.”

“I come from a family of communist nudists. I was allowed to do or not do what I liked. My parents were not interested in whether I went to school or got drunk on white wine.”

“I don’t know why everybody thinks I’m very, very small. This T-shirt I have now is Ingmar Bergman on a cloud. It was given to me a week ago. I’m not really sure he is on a cloud. I think maybe he went straight to hell, but that we don’t know. ”

“I’m happy that I’m alive. I feel like someone coming back from Vietnam, you know; I’m sure that later on I’ll start killing people in a square somewhere, but right now, I just feel happy to be alive.”

“Basically, I’m afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking.”