An American of German descent arrives in post-war Germany 1945. His uncle gets him a job on the Zentropa train line as a sleeping car conductor. The American's wish is to be neutral to the ongoing purges of loyalists by the Allied forces and do what he can to help a hurting country, but he finds himself being used by both the Americans and the influential family that owns the railroad. After falling in love with the railroad magnate's daughter, he finds that he can't remain neutral and must make some difficult choices.
1991, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Germany, France, Switzerland, 112 min., 18+
Lars von Trier
Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Max von Sydow
German, English
Awards & Festivals
  • Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize
  • Ghent International Film Festival - Grand Prix
  • Sitges Internatonal Film Festival - Best Film, Best Cinematography
  • Fantasporto International Film Festival - International Fantasy Film Award
  • Stockholm International Film Festival - Bronze Horse Award
  • Bodil Award - Best Danish Film
  • Robert Festival Award - Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Score
  • European Film Award Nomination - Best European Actress, Best European Supporting Actor 

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