Lars von Trier diagnosed with Parkinson’s

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Lars von Trier’s production company, Zentropa, has announced the director is living with Parkinsons disease.

A statement said the 66-year-old was in “good spirits and is being treated for his symptoms”.

The director has confirmed he will continue work on the third and final season of The Kingdom Exodus, which is currently in post-production.

The horror series’ final season will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 31. 

In a 2018 interview with The Guardian von Trier put his shaking hands down to alcohol withdrawal and antidepressants.

He said at the time: “I’m working on my alcoholism, which is good. I had an eight-month period where I didn’t drink, and I’ll get back to that again soon. But I have this alcohol ‘tool’ that I use when I have to. And, if I have a really big anxiety attack, it’s the only thing that will help.”

The director was accused of sexual harrasing Bjork in 2017, but has denied all allegations.