The Idiots

A group of intellectuals provokes their surroundings by playing idiots. Trier's only film made exactly according to the rules of the Dogme 95 manifesto.

Denmark, France, Netherlands, Italy 1998
  • Czech
112 min.
  • This film is available until 30. 9. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

In a family house in the suburbs of Copenhagen live a group of intellectuals who share a special pastime – playing at being idiots and deliberately provoking their surroundings. On a walk, in a restaurant, in a swimming pool, on a factory excursion… This film, with tagline „An Idiot Film about Idiots and for Idiots“, has been dividing audiences since the day it premiered in competition at Cannes, teasing them with its explicitness and its depiction of people with disabilities. The second film in the „Golden Heart Trilogy“, Trier's first film shot entirely on digital camera. Here, the director puts into practice the influential 1995 manifesto he wrote with colleague Thomas Vinterberg, calling for a „purification“ of the film from production editing, a return to simplicity and a focus on story and characters.

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Director: Lars von Trier
Screenplay: Lars von Trier
Cinematography: Lars von Trier
Editing: Molly Malene Stensgaard
Producer: Vibeke Windeløv, Svend Abrahamsen, Dag Alveberg
Co-production: Erik Schut, Marianne Slot, Peter van Vogelpoel
Cast: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Henrik Prip, Trine Michelsen, Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis

Danish Film Awards (Robert)

1999 – Bodil Jørgensen (Best Actress)

Bodil Awards

1999 – Bodil Jørgensen (Best Actress)

London Film Festival

1998 – Lars von Trier (FIPRESCI Prize)

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