Tag Archives: Ernst-Hugo Järegård

Eric M. Nilsson – Anonym (1991)

Eric M. Nilsson’s rich and multi-layered masterpiece Anonym [Anonymous] avoids to be categorized. It’s a TV documentary, an essay film and a detective story at once. It starts with a finding in a container in central Stockholm; film strips, photographies, magazines and other leftover objects. Who is the man reappearing with a crossed out face? Why has this unknown man left this seemingly unfinished work and what’s his motif for staying anonymous? What is the meaning behind all this – if there is any? Read More »

Morten Arnfred & Lars von Trier – Riget II AKA The Kingdom II [+Extras] (1997)

Danish television mini-series, created by Lars von Trier in 1994, and co-directed by Lars von Trier and Morten Arnfred.

The series is set in the neurosurgical ward of Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, the city and country’s main hospital, nicknamed “Riget”. “Riget” means “the realm” or “the kingdom” and leads one to think of “dødsriget”, the realm of the dead. The show follows a number of characters, both staff and patients, as they encounter bizarre phenomena, both human and supernatural. The show is notable for its wry humor, its muted sepia colour scheme, and the appearance of a chorus of dishwashers with Down Syndrome who discuss in intimate detail the strange occurrences in the hospital. Read More »

Lars von Trier & Morten Arnfred – Riget I AKA The Kingdom (1994)

The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff’s faith in science–a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor’s fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest. Read More »