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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Magnolia Pictures Announces US Release Dates for Lars von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC Part 1 & Part 2

You may have already heard about director Lars von Trier (Melancholia, Dogville) upcoming star-filled film, NYMPHOMANIAC, as it's been titillating the blogosphere for months with scandalous images and other provocative clips. And this whopper of a trailer:

I'm just realizing that the film is actually going to be a two-parter, with release dates in March and April next year. Magnolia Pictures issued a press release earlier today with synopses for both films and more information after the jump:

Magnolia Pictures announced today the U.S. release dates for Lars von Trier’s much-anticipated motion picture event, NYMPHOMANIAC, which will be released as two full-length feature films. NYMPHOMANIAC: PART ONE will open in theaters on March 21, 2014, and be available On Demand as of March 6, 2014. NYMPHOMANIAC: PART TWO will open in theaters on April 18, 2014 and be available On Demand as of April 3, 2014.

NYMPHOMANIAC: PART ONE is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by Stacy Martin). PART ONE also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier.

PART TWO picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, and stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin and LaBeouf.

NYMPHOMANIAC: PART ONE and NYMPHOMANIAC: PART TWO mark Lars von Trier’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed film, MELANCHOLIA (released by Magnolia in 2011), and is his third consecutive collaboration with Charlotte Gainsbourg. A groundbreaking filmmaker for more than two decades, von Trier’s other films credits include ANTICHRIST, DOGVILLE, DANCER IN THE DARK, and BREAKING THE WAVES. NYMPHOMANIAC is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments.

As widely reported, the films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film. After von Trier's experience at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where he was harshly criticized for comments he made at the MELANCHOLIA press conference, he has vowed to cease doing press on behalf of his films and let them speak for themselves. Both films will have their international debut in Denmark, where they’re opening this Christmas Day.

Is it just me or does this just sound like intelligent porn? I'm not sure how willing I am watch two separate films--only a month apart from each other--on this particular subject matter. But I like much of the cast (minus LaBeouf) and I appreciate von Trier's films (for the most part), so I am oddly intrigued. Plus, I kinda can't wait for the inevitable Nymphomaniac/50 Shades of Grey mashup.

What say you?


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