Lars von Trier
Before: Amateur filmmaker, student, and son of nudist communists.
At Cannes: Von Trier’s debut feature The Element Of Crime was shown at the 1984 ceremony in competition. It didn’t win the main prize, but the stark dystopian thriller bagged a technical award.
After: Von Trier went on to become one of the most controversial and experimental filmmakers in the world, pioneering the anti-Hollywood Dogme movement and causing violent division among critics .
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