<br /> Dogville is a 2003 film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Chlo Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgrd and James Caan. It is a parable that uses an extremely minimal set to tell the story of Grace Mulligan (Kidman), a fugitive from mobsters, who arrives in the small town of Dogville and is provided refuge in return for physical labor.<br /> The film is the first in the USA - Land of Opportunities trilogy, followed by Manderlay (2005) and Wasington (2009).<br /> The film was in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival but Gus Van Sant's Elephant won the award.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
Director Lars Von Trier ("Dogville") shocked attendees at Cannes and people around the world yesterday when he spoke the following words during a press conference: "I'm a Nazi." At the conference, which was for his new film "Melancholia," Von Trier was asked a question about his Germanic roots. This is how he answered: "For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier and I wasn't so happy...no, that was a joke, sorry."