During the next days, the facts of the script join the real-life events in which a similar disease starts to spread.Lars and Niels go to Germany, where they meet a man who describes the Allied bombing of Cologne during the Second World War.After the trip, Niels goes to a hospital where he undergoes a minor surgical procedure and while there tells Lars to go to see Palle, a pathologist who is performing an autopsy on a man who has recently died of an unknown disease.
Breaking the Waves (1996), the first film in his Golden Heart trilogy, won the Grand Prix at Cannes and featured Emily Watson, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Its grainy images and hand-held photography pointed towards Dogme95 film.
The second film in the trilogy, The Idiots (1998), was nominated for a Palme d'Or, which he presented in person at the Cannes Film Festival despite his dislike of travelling.
In 2000 von Trier premiered a musical featuring Icelandic musician Björk, Dancer in the Dark. Trier challenges director Jørgen Leth, his friend and mentor, to remake his old experimental film The Perfect Human (1967) five times, each time with a different "obstruction" (or obstacle) specified by von The proposed trilogy consists of Dogville (2003), Manderlay (2005), and Wasington, which is yet to be made.
Co-written by Trier and Niels Vørsel, the film focuses on the screenwriting process.