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Update: Von Trier was expelled from the Cannes Film Festival for making offensive remarks about Hitler, Nazis and antisemitism. No word on whether this will have an impact on his plans with Scorsese.

According to Ben Child of London's Guardian, Martin Scorsese will team up with Lars von Trier on a second edition of von Trier's "The Five Obstructions." I''ve never seen Von Trier's original 2003 film, but according to Child, "it saw him challenging his mentor, fellow Danish film-maker Jørgen Leth, to remake his own short film 'The Perfect Human' five times, with a different caveat in place on each occasion designed to make life difficult for the director to complete his task. These included remaking the film entirely with shots lasting no longer than 12 frames, and shooting it in the 'worst location on Earth' (apparently Mumbai's red light district), without revealing that location in the final cut." The idea behind the new edition of "Five Obstructions" is that "Scorsese will be handed a similar challenge, though it's not clear which film he will be asked to remake."

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Of course, these "obstructions" resemble the "Vow of Chastity" taken by member of von Trier's "Dogme 95" movement, which included rules like "the camera must be handheld," "Optical work and filters are forbidden," and "genre movies are not acceptable."

Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" (Denmark, 1998) the first film to obey von Trier's Vow of Chastity, screens Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (400 Cathedral Street). It unfolds at a 60th birthday party for a patriarch who guards dark family secrets and represents (as one Dogme historian wrote), "'the establishment,' the corporation in all its arrogance and power." (Is it time to remake this as an allegory about a matriarchal corporation?) A discussion will follow this Film Talk presentation.

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