Monday, June 11, 2007

EUROPA: transcending the Wasteland?

Europe is no geographical destination but a mysterious queen. Lars von Trier (born 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is therefore right to begin his film EUROPA (1991) in such a way to hypnotize us to go into a possible no-where:

“You will now listen to my voice.
My voice will help you and guide you still deeper into EUROPA.
Every time you hear my voice,
with every word and every number,
you will enter a still deeper layer,
open, relaxed and receptive.
I shall now count from one to ten.
On the count of ten
you will be in EUROPA.
I say ONE. And as you focus your
attention entirely on my voice,
you will slowly begin to relax.
Your hands and your fingers
are getting warmer and heavier.
The warmth is spreading trough your
arms to your shoulders and your neck.
Your feet and your legs get heavier.
The warmth is spreading
to the whole of your body.
On six I want you to go deeper.
I say SIX.
And the whole of your relaxed body
is slowly beginning to sink.
You go deeper and deeper and deeper.
On every breath you take you go deeper.
NINE. You are floating.
On the mental count of ten
you will be in EUROPA.
Be there at ten. I say TEN.”

And 112 minutes later the narrator tells us:

“You want to wake up to free yourself of the image of EUROPA. But it is not possible.”

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