"Lars von Trier doesn't like to fly." "Lars von Trier isn't going to talk to a lot of press." Yeah, yeah; yadda-yadda. But just because he isn't talking to us doesn't mean we can't talk about him, particularly about his childhood. I have it on good authority that he refused to eat his sandwiches until the crusts were cut off, and he slept with a night light until he was fifteen.
Seriously, though, I came out of Antichrist -- von Trier's latest film which has been freaking out audiences from Cannes forward -- aching to delve further into it. And with the director (did you know he got atomic wedgies every day after gym?) unavailable, I decided to carry on the conversation with a couple of people who could provide some intriguing perspectives on the film: Monika Treut, director of Seduction: The Cruel Woman, Gendernauts, and Ghosted; and Steve Biodrowski, editor of Cinefantastique Online.
You can click on the player below to hear the discussion. And Lars, next time, we really want to get your insights directly. We promise we won't mention how you were subjected to swirlies on a weekly basis.
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