A First Hint at What Lars von Trier’s Crowdsourced ‘Gesamt’ Might Look Like

By  · Published on October 3rd, 2012

We wrote previously on Lars von Trier’s latest project – a crowdsourced challenge to filmmakers to reinterpret 6 great works of art called Gesamt – but the film now has a trailer that’s exactly as enigmatic as we could have hoped for.

Director Justin D. Hilliard of Striped Socks Productions contacted us, letting us know that his is one of the few American projects to be chosen for the installation, which is built from 142 pieces sent in from around the world. The movie will premiere at the Copenhagen Art Festival. Creators were prompted to re-interpret James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” August Strindberg’s “The father,” the Zeppelinfield in Nuremberg, Paul Gauguin’s “Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?,” the collected improvisations of Cesar Franck and the collected music of Sammy Davis, Jr. The pieces were to be used as inspiration, but couldn’t be directly in the 5 minutes of footage sent in.

It appears as though the project, directed by Jenle Hallund, is now officially called Disaster 501: What Happened To Man. Check out the trailer:

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