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Lars von Trier may have been banned (or “banned”) from Cannes two years ago for statements made while promoting Melancholia, but that hasn’t stopped him from having a presence at the fest this year. His new film(s), the two-part Nymphomaniac, weren’t finished in time for the fest, but the release of a new image (above) and a press release are keeping Trier in the global cinema conversation as Cannes kicks off this year.

Click the pic above for a larger version and you’ll be able to see actors such as Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, and star Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as the director. And hit the jump for a press release from Trier’s producer, announcing a Christmas Day opening in Denmark. Magnolia has the film in the US, and hasn’t announced a release date yet. Read More »

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Lars von Trier‘s new film, Nymphomaniac, isn’t being shown at the Berlinale this week, but a sizzle reel is being displayed to potential distributors, just as Trier did with Melancholia a couple years ago.

Magnolia, the same company that handled Trier’s last film in North America, is now the front-runner to acquire the new movie, which depicts the full sexual life of a woman played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film also features actors such as Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, and Stacy Martin, and has been assumed to be a Cannes debut despite the fact that the festival banned Trier a couple years ago.

Magnolia is reportedly ready to pony up $2m for the film, which seems like a lot for a picture that will have niche interest. But then remember that it is being crafted in hardcore and softcore versions, and we can guess that the company sees a good marketing angle. After the break, a new still from the film shows us what one of the movie’s sexual encounters is going to be. Read More »

First Look: Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’

It’s been almost two years since Lars von Trier‘s trouble at Cannes resulted in global headlines and the director being banned from the fest. Which means that, by now, most people have forgotten about any controversy with the director. And so it’s a good time for him to stir up some new talk. Enter Nymphomaniac, the film in which Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as a woman whose sexual history becomes the story.

The film also features Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Marc Barr, and Udo Kier, and plans to release both R and X-rated versions have been discussed almost since the first announcement of the film.

Now we’ve got the first image from the movie, and it features Gainsbourg’s character in the wake of the beating that sets off the story.  Read More »

The internet being the incredible repository of video that it has become, every once in a while a very early short film turns up from a famous filmmaker. Today the example is Nocturne, from Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Breaking the Waves, the upcoming Nymphomaniac).

The 8-minute film from 1980 won Trier the Best Film award at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools. It tells the story of a woman who is extra-sensitive to light as she deals with the aftermath of a dream featuring almost a slasher movie scene. This is a better version than has been online in the past, and students of Trier should check it out. Read More »

Briefly: With seemingly everyone and their mother (particularly the mothers) fascinated by the “supermarket smut” of Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s as good a time as we’ve seen in years for attention-getting erotic fiction. Which is what Lars von Trier‘s new film(s) Nymphomaniac seems to be, at least on the surface. The two-part story will be released as four films in various markets, with some markets getting the softcore version of the “wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50,” while other markets get the hardcore version.

Charlotte Gainsbourg plays the woman, Joe, who is found beaten in an alley by an older man (Stellan Skarsgard) who nurses her back to health and hears her story. Shia LaBeoufJamie BellConnie NielsenChristian Slater , and Stacy Martin all feature in the film, and now Uma Thurman has signed on. Read More »

It’s always difficult to rely upon an interview run through one of the various automatic translators on the internet, no matter how good the babel fish in question might be. So take what follows with a slightly elastic spirit — unless you speak Swedish, and want to verify the translation of the original text.

Stellan Skarsgard talked to Moviezine in Sweden and discussed a couple of his upcoming films — Thor 2, and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac — as well as a film that he isn’t yet cast in, to the best of his knowledge. (That would be The Avengers 2, which is far enough out right now that no one is really cast in it.)

Aside from mentioning that he’d let his kids watch Nymphomaniac — seeing sex is better than seeing violence is essentially his comment — nothing Skarsgard says is too far out there. But if you’re looking for info on either of those two projects, press on. Read More »

Today, Lars von Trier begins shooting his new film(s) Nymphomaniac, which tell “the wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50.” If things go as planned, the final release will be split into two films, with hardcore and softcore versions of each. Shooting in Germany and Belgium, the project stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac of the title, and the participation of Stellan Skarsgård and Shia LaBeouf is confirmed by a press release announcing the start of production.

That same press release confirms other actors and reveals some new names that will be part of the story, too: Stacy Martin (as young Joe), Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Mia Goth, Jens Albinus, Severin von Hoensbroech, Peter Gilberg Cotton, Nicolas Bro, Tabea Tarbiat, Janine Romanowski, Jesper Christensen, Tania Carlin, Felicity Gilbert and Shanti Roney.

Get a bit more info on Nymphomaniac below. Read More »

Lars von Trier has never been a director to shy away from anything. (Except flying.) With his next film, Nymphomaniac, he’s reportedly going all the way. According to actor Shia LaBeouf, everything in the film will be done for real, meaning they’ll be shooting live sex on set. Or at least that what it sounds like. We all know LaBeouf is well-known for putting his foot in his mouth during interviews, but this time there’s non-pornographic precedent for the idea.

Nymphomaniac stars von Trier semi-regular Charlotte Gainsbourg as a woman whose sexually driven life will be followed from “her youth to age 50.” Stellan Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman also star along with the Indiana Jones and Transformers actor, who recently said he’s not interested in doing blockbusters anymore.

Read and watch his quotes after the jump. Read More »

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