Cyber gothic thriller on the fight to overthrow the dictatorship of the yellow superfamily. ‘Technically, I am dead,’ he says, gaunt and close-eyed, struggling to contain his excitement. ‘But, how can you be dead? The last thing we knew was that our lives were about to end at an insane asylum.’

But the Swedish director Lars von Trier has not changed his formula. He was frustrated by heavy-handed studio meddling when he made Melancholia, which started life as a short film for a music competition. While shooting the film, he had to repeatedly cancel shoots, while the studio hierarchy became hostile, launching allegations of depression and mental illness.

He was even told to stop editing the film while he was in Switzerland