Lars Von Trier is Challenging You to Re-Interpret 6 Great Works of Art For His/Our New Movie

Lars von Trier

The German word “gesamt” means “total,” but it can also mean “aggregate.” It’s also the name of Lars Von Trier‘s newest project. According to a press release, von Trier is asking anyone within earshot to submit work for the film, which will ultimately be cobbled together from entries by Danish director Jenle Hallund. The rules are pretty simple.

Each participant can submit up to 5 minutes of material (but can submit as many times as he or she wants) by September 6th, 2012. Von Trier and the production have offered these 6 iconic artworks as inspiration:

But none of them should directly be in your final film.If they are, the film won’t be used.

Where Are We Going

Von Trier was instrumental in the challenging documentary The Five Obstructions, torturing his mentor by making him re-make a short film under stricter and stricter constraints, however von Trier comes to the crowdsourcing phenomenon after directs like Ridley Scott and other collaboratives that are reaching out to the world at large to see what they can deliver – a venture that doesn’t seek any formative control over the art that’s created.

Of course, Hallund (ostensibly with input from von Trier) will have final cut, but it will be like a cook not being able to do the shopping. It’s their new movie, but it’s also all of ours.

Here’s the website again with more information and where to submit.

If you do submit, please drop us an email and let us know. We’d love to see what you come up with.

Von Trier Photo: Jan Buus

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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