Lars von Trier has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
This is stated by the production company Zentropa in a press release after agreement with the Danish director.
‘Lars is in good spirits and is being treated for his symptoms, and the work to complete ‘Riget Exodus’ continues as planned.
The illness means that Lars will only take part in interviews to a limited extent until the premiere later in the year,’ the press release states.
According to Sundhed.dk, Parkinson’s disease develops due to a gradual destruction of brain cells in the substantia nigra, which is a small and defined area deep in the brain.
‘The destruction goes particularly beyond the cells which secrete the signal substance dopamine. A lack of dopamine causes slow and sluggish movements, stiffness in the arms and legs and tremors at rest. This tremor particularly affects the hands,’ it says under the page for Parkinson’s disease.
The premiere date of ‘Kingdom Exodus’ is still being kept secret. Here von Trier is both director and screenwriter, and the cast includes, among others, Bodil Jørgensen, Ghita Nørby, Nicolas Bro as well as Peter Mygind and Søren Pilmark.
‘Riget Exodus’ will have its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which takes place from 31 August to 10 September.