How does Lars von Trier follow the Nymphomaniac films? As it turns out, he’ll go back to television. Trier has done TV before, of course, with the very weird and rather excellent Riget. That show, introduced by Trier himself as seen above, was released as two mini-series in 1994 and 1997. (A third part was planned but never shot, thanks to the death of actor Ernst-Hugo Järegård.) Riget was a smash hit in Denmark and made its way around the world, often under the title The Kingdom. Stephen King even produced a US remake, called Kingdom Hospital.
Now there’s a new Lars von Trier TV series in the works, an English-language show called The House That Jack Built. The writer/director isn’t talking about it, but his producers are talking, and one says that it will be “without precedent.” Read More »
Back in 1967, when Lars von Trier was just Lars Trier, and only 11 years old, the future director made what he later called his first film. The movie is short, and animated in a crude stop-motion using cut-out paper characters. It is also, as you might expect, more than a bit unusual.
Turen til Squashland… En Super Pølse Film is the title, which translates to Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage Film. What does it all mean? Difficult to say, really, but there are dancing rabbits, and some troll-like creatures which fit right into some Nordic folk tales. There’s no dialogue, only a song. Check out the short below. Read More »
Director Lars von Trier has quit talking to the press, at least for now, but that doesn’t mean other people aren’t talking about what he may do next. With the director’s two-part Nymphomaniac released around the world, two different Trier collaborators are talking about what he might do next. And, to borrow language from Upworthy, at least one of the answers will surprise you. Read More »
The U.S. trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac Volume II is now online and, finally, Charlotte Gainsbourg gets to shine. Nymphomaniac as a whole tells the story of Joe (Gainsbourg), a woman whose wanton sexuality has literally left her on the street. A man, played by Stellan Skarsgård, helps her out by listening to her story. Volume I focuses on her younger years, which means Gainsbourg is mostly a passive participant. (That film is On Demand now and hits theaters Friday.) Volume II gets into Joe’s older years, which means it features much more of Gainsbourg than the evocative, explicit and powerful first volume.
Nympomaniac Volume II hits theaters April 4 and on VOD Friday, March 21. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
This spring brings a wave of promising high-profile projects, but for cinephiles in the Middle East the pickings will be slightly slimmer. Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac have been banned in the parts of the Middle East, which is probably about the only thing the two films have in common. Find out where and why after the jump.
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Magnolia has released the U.S. trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomanic: Volume I. The controversial film hits on demand March 6 and theaters March 21 sporting a very naked, very impressive cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
There’s no nudity in this new international trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Part Two, so technically the thing is safe for work. But this is still Trier, and Nymphomaniac, so there’s some weirdness in the new footage. (How about a little bondage for your mid-week morning?) There’s also a pretty good use of ‘Burning Down the House’ by the Talking Heads, which might be reason enough to check out this edit. Read More »
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.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac has attracted a lot of attention, that’s for sure, but is it actually good enough to sustain that attention? Happily for his fans, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. Reviews have begun trickling out of Europe, where the film opens later this month, and so far the consensus is that — for all the hubbub about its hardcore sex scenes — it’s more of an intellectual stimulation than a sexual one.
To be clear, the reviews are all for the two-part, four-hour edit of the movie, not the five-and-a-half-hour director’s cut that von Trier favors. The former is the version that’ll hit theaters around the world; when, where, and how the latter version will be released remains unclear. For now, though, it seems the four-hour cut is perfectly satisfying on its own. Reviewers remarked that the film feels pretty complete as it is, and one stressed that regardless of whether von Trier had the final say, “Nymphomaniac couldn’t have been made by anyone else”
Hit the jump to read the early buzz.
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Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
One thing that’s remained unclear through all the chatter about the two different cuts of Nymphomaniac in existence, and Lars von Trier’s feelings about the shorter version, and potential distribution plans for the longer version, is when, exactly, U.S. audiences would get to see this gloriously NSFW sexual epic.
Magnolia’s been set to distribute for some time now, but has only now gotten around to setting a Stateside premiere date. Or rather, two Stateside premiere dates. Hit the jump for all the details on the film’s American release.
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