Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Get ready for the longer, harder, uncut version of Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac. As the more “commercial” shorter version prepares for its theatrical rollout, the director’s cut of Nymphomaniac Volume I has just been set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Hit the jump for more details.
Variety reports that Nymphomaniac Volume I will play out of competition at Berlin. “Berlinale audiences will be the first to see the long uncut version of Nymphomaniac Volume I,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick in a statement. “Lars von Trier, a guest of the Berlinale for the first time in 1984, returns to the festival with this film.”
There are no details on when and where the premiere of Volume II will take place, although Nymphomaniac‘s sales company TrustNordisk says it’ll be sometime in 2014. Cannes seems like a natural fit, or would if producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen hadn’t already denied that Nymphomaniac would play there.
Still, Jensen could decide to change his mind and have it play out of competition in France. (Volume II is not eligible for competition.) While von Trier sparked some controversy during his last appearance at the festival in 2011, the festival’s director has clarified that he is no longer “banned.”
Von Trier’s original cut of Nymphomaniac clocked in at five and a half hours, while the theatrical version runs four hours long. Both edits will be released in two parts. The extra ninety minutes are said to contain more explicit material, including “more close-ups of genitals.”
The briefer, slightly less explicit edit is set to premiere in von Trier’s native Denmark and other parts of Europe on December 25, before arriving in the U.S. this spring via Magnolia. Although no one’s seen the longer version, the shorter one has already drawn raves who found it provocative, intelligent, and even kinda funny.