The ever-controversial Lars von Trier had a busy spring, dropping the two volumes of “Nymphomaniac,” and while we wait for fearless duology to hit Blu-Ray and DVD next month we may as well take a look back at the inauspicious origins of the Danish provocateur using the internet’s deep well of memory.
Yesterday Keyframe Daily brought attention (via Dangerous Minds) to von Trier’s earliest known work, a roughly two-minute long stop-motion cartoon made on Super 8 in 1967. The director made “Turen til Squach land… En Super Pølse film” – aka “Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage film” – when he was only eleven.
The surreal short – an anthropomorphized sausage rides a whale with bunnies – is startlingly technically proficient for anyone, let alone for a child. It’s a short watch and while it’s definitely safe for work, watch out for a certain word that closes out the film which definitely means something different in Danish than in English (the final word means “the end” in von Trier’s native tongue). Watch “Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage film” below.