After leaving Dogville, idealistic Grace decides to confront slavery on a 1930s Alabama plantation. Cynic Lars von Trier tells of „a land of unlimited possibilities“.

Denmark, Sweden 2005
  • Czech
139 min.
  • This film is available until 30. 9. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

In the second part of the still unfinished American trilogy, based on the theme of the USA as a land of unlimited possibilities, Lars von Trier reintroduces the character Grace – the heroine of his previous film Dogville. Grace and her father move from Colorado in the early 1930s to Alabama, to an old plantation called Manderlay, where they are confronted with the horrific cruelty and injustice of slavery. Grace must intervene. But with what result? Orders maintained for decades are crumbling, but will teaching slaves democracy prove effective? Set in a studio with only a few sets, but featuring a stellar cast. The cinematography, production design and music earned the piece a European Film Award nomination.

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Director: Lars von Trier
Screenplay: Lars von Trier
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
Music: Joachim Holbek
Editing: Molly Malene Stensgaard
Producer: Vibeke Windeløv
Co-production: Michael André, Humbert Balsan, Gillian Berrie, Bettina Brokemper, Lars Jönsson
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Geoffrey Bateman, Jeremy Davies, Udo Kier

Valladolid International Film Festival

2005 – Lars von Trier (Best Film)

  • This film is available until 30. 9. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.