Magnolia Pictures recently caught a screening of Lars von Triers controversial new film, Nymphomaniac, and has now acquired US distribution rights to the film. Recently it was called von Triers best work yet, and a masterpiece, and it sounds like Magnolia Pictures are very pleased to be working with von Trier again.
“After the tremendous and never predictable experience of distributing Melancholia, we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Mr. von Trier again,” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “He’s such an exciting and talented filmmaker—it’s an honor and a thrill to be associated with his world.”
It was also reported today that Nymphomaniac will not be making it to this years Cannes film festival, a place von Trier regularly visits. After last years banning from the festival after the directors bizarre Hitler comments, you’d think the reason for him not taking his film there was due to this, but it isn’t. Sadly, the film is of such a huge scale, it simply is not ready:
“Four editors were working around the clock to meet the Cannes deadline, but we had to give it up,” said Danish producer and CEO of Zentropa Entertainments Peter Aalbæk Jensen. “After 268 script pages, 11 weeks of shooting and with 100 hours of material it would have been rape to finish the two films in time for the festival. But there is absolutely no bad blood between us.”
The cast includes Willem Dafoe, Jean-Marc Barr, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Connie Nelson, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier, Christian Slater,Caroline Goodall, Kate Ashfield, Saskia Reeves and Omar Shargawi. Von Trier regular Charlotte Gainsbourg will be playing the lead character of ‘nymphomaniac’ Joe as an adult, while model Stacy Martin will play the younger role of the character.
Nymphomaniac will be told over eight chapters by self-confessed nymphomaniac Joe. The film will be spread across two parts, and a “hardcore” version, and a softer more audience friendly version will be made available. Von Trier is hoping to have the film ready for Cannes this year, but it is doubtful they will let him back after his Hitler comments last year.
“NYMPHOMANIAC is the light and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe.
On a cold winter’s evening Seligman, an old bachelor, finds Joe semi-unconscious and beaten up in an alleyway. After bringing her to his flat he sees to her wounds while trying to understand how things could have gone so wrong for her. He listens intently as she over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-?out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents
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