Great Dane

Lars von Trier is the first to admit that he has a high opinion of himself. "I believe I am Superman," he says. But as the Danish director hurtles across the parking lot of his production complex outside Copenhagen, you don't think, "It's a bird, it's a plane ..." Instead you think, "He's driving a camouflage-painted golf cart." And steering around imaginary Kryptonite — for a time, Von Trier was a recluse, paralyzed by a fear of going out in public. Unusually for a superhero, he is also afraid to fly. So when he sets off for the Cannes Film Festival...

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