A great deal is often made of the supposed misogyny of Danish director Lars von Trier, but despite those accusations, the guy has a track record of attracting top-notch actresses. Sure, there’s the fact that Bjork so hated the process of making Dancer in the Dark that she refused to ever work with Trier again, and in fact nearly swore off acting entirely. But on the other hand, you have someone like Charlotte Gainsbourg, who has done two films in a row with Trier (Antichrist and Melancholia) and is now looking at a third.

That latest film is The Nymphomaniac, and it is possible that the film, which has been promised as “an explicit exploration of female sexuality from ages 0 to 50,” and will reportedly be released in hardcore and softcore versions. Read a bit more info after the break. Read More »

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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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 »

You can say this for Lars Von Trier: he doesn’t believe in treading lightly. If today wasn’t so busy I’d spend a few hours digging up the director’s old comments from Cannes press conferences and correlating their level of pseudo-outrage to the quality of the film he’s promoting. His latest movie, Melancholia, premiered at Cannes today and the reviews are (perhaps predictably) mixed, with some of the most telling comments coming in the form of negative reviews from normally sympathetic fans. (There are also some significant raves.)

‘Sympathetic’ is the byword for LVT today, as the press conference for Melancholia featured the director baiting the press with statements about feeling that he understands Hitler and being a Nazi. Depending on how you look at it, press-baiting may not even have been his goal — it is more like the Nazi comments grew out of an attempt at a joke that, like a poor SNL routine, went on too long and wound down into an awkward sort of ‘oops’ conclusion. (A conclusion that proved perhaps appropriately apocalyptic, given the context of promoting a film about the end of the world.) The discourse about him today is dominated this current provocation, but we’ve also got early reviews of Melancholia and a few more upcoming career details. Read More »

Lars von Trier to Make ‘The Nymphomaniac’ Next?

Lars von Trier is no stranger to controversy — recall the outraged reactions to his 2009 Cannes entry Antichrist, which contained some shockingly explicit sexual violence, and a whole lot of other equally weird but less headline-grabbing content. Then there are the many accusations of misogyny, driven in part by his demanding directorial style, especially when working with women.

And yet people still eagerly work with him; there’s some schism between the accusations and reality. (Surprise.) He’s finishing Melancholia now, which is a likely entry for Cannes 2011. So what’s after that? How about a film in which a woman “discovers her eroticism?” The title: The Nymphomaniac. Hello controversy, my old friend. Read More »