When Lars von Trier‘s last film, Antichrist, played at Fantastic Fest, it unknowingly birthed the festival’s unofficial mantra: “Chaos Reigns.” Chaos reigns again in von Trier’s latest film, Melancholia, which is about two deeply depressed sisters and their personal trials during the end of the world. It stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as the sisters as well as supporting roles by Kiefer Sutherland, Stellan Skarsgard, Alexander Skarsgard, John Hurt, Charlotte Rampling and more.
Chaos also reigns in a less impressive, more action-packed, take on the end times, The Day. Directed by Doug Aarniokoski and starring Dominic Monaghan, Shannyn Sossamon, Ashley Bell and Shawn Ashmore, The Day is a snap shot of 24 hours in a post-apocalyptic world. Read more about each film after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Lars von Trier‘s official job may be directing, but it seems his true calling lies in stirring up controversy. Earlier this year, the filmmaker once again sparked outrage at the Cannes press conference for Melancholia when he stated that he “sympathize[d] with [Hitler] a little bit,” even though he was “not against Jews.” Though von Trier issued an apology soon afterward, the damage was done and the director was banned from the festival.
His latest move isn’t likely to endear him to his critics, either. Von Trier is now saying that he’s “not sorry” about the Nazi remarks after all — or for that matter, about anything he’s said or done. Read on after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
It’s probably a safe guess that Lars von Trier will be courting controversy once again with his next project, The Nymphomaniac, and now we know whom he might be courting controversy with. A pair of recent reports suggests that he’s eyeing previous collaborators Stellan Skarsgård and Willem Dafoe for the film. Though the film is described as a porno, it sounds like Skarsgård, at least, will be keeping it in his pants. Read more after the jump.
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There’s not a whole lot in this first official domestic trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Melancholia that we haven’t seen in previous trailers and clips. (Such as the great UK trailer we just saw a few days ago.) But what the hell, the film is among our most-anticipated of the year, and this trailer offers up a great HD look at the gorgeous and subtle cinematography from Manuel Alberto Claro.
So hit the jump and get one more look at the ways in which sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg deal with the possibility of the impending end of life on Earth. Read More »
It’s been a big, loud year for Lars von Trier, thanks in part to his new film Melancholia, and more so to the Cannes press conference comments that saw the director banned from the festival. But getting beyond that controversy, there’s the fact that Melancholia is one of the best-reviewed films of the director’s career, and remains one of my most-anticipated films of the fall.
We’ve seen one trailer for the film, in which Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg play sisters with very different dispositions who are staring down the end of the world on the eve of Dunst’s character’s wedding. Now here’s the UK trailer, which nicely shows off the ensemble cast (which also includes Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier) and opens on a surprisingly upbeat note before settling into the anxious mode that you’d expect from a film about the end of the world. Read More »
The name Lars von Trier is nearly synonymous with controversy. His films are polarizing, and his public statements often run to the dramatic. And, at times, the foolish, as when he referenced Hitler this year at Cannes.
But his work — even his most deliberately provocative work — stands on its own. Antichrist, arguably his most button-pushing film to date, may unravel late in the game, but much of the film is a harrowing and perceptive account of the intersection between ego, sanity and love. Thanks to the scenes of full-on penetration and extreme violence you may not like it, but it is a film that should be seen.
His next film will likely be Nymphomaniac, which the director is now researching in preparation for a summer 2012 shoot. And, because the film is meant to follow “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50,” it will be just as sexually explicit as Antichrist. So much so, in fact, that the director will likely release two cuts of the film. Read More »
If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.
Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »
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