Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, director of films including Dancer in the Dark and Melancholia, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Zentropa’s production company said it was releasing the information to avoid speculation about his health ahead of the premiere of his series The Kingdom Exodus at the Venice Film Festival next month.
Lars is in good spirits and being treated for his symptomsLouise Vesth
Zentropa said von Trier, 66, was diagnosed in the early summer.
“Lars is in good spirits and is being treated for his symptoms,” producer Louise Vesth said in a statement. “And work to complete The Kingdom Exodus continues as planned.”
In his four decades of filmmaking, von Trier has won some of the most prestigious international film awards, including the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or for Dancer in the Dark.
His films and commentary are sometimes controversial.
He was famously banned from Cannes for seven years after making Nazi-friendly comments during a 2011 press conference.
Von Trier returned to the film festival in 2018 with the TV series about serial killer The House That Jack Built.
Kingdom Exodus is the third and final installment of the series that was first premiered in 1994 in Denmark but has not been widely available.
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