Welcome to another The Films I’m Anticipating post, where at least once or twice a month I look at an upcoming release whether near or distant in the future that I’m looking forward to. Today I am looking at Lars von Trier’s latest project sure to create controversy, The Nymphomaniac.
I’ve seen all Lars von Trier’s films, and I can safely say he is a great filmmaker and this new film will definitely be one to look out for. It is to be split into two separate films, and is perhaps the conclusion of his Depression trilogy, which began with 2009’s Antichrist and 2011’s Melancholia. Both were successes at Cannes, and despite von Trier being banned from the festival, The Nymphomaniac: Parts One and Two (both are being shot and edited simultaneously for release at the same time) might still have a chance to screen there, even if out of competition.
The Nymphomaniac is the story of a woman’s sex life, chronicling from her childhood and early adulthood in the first film to her later life in the second. As well as splitting his story into two films, von Trier is also planning on releasing two different versions of these films, one featuring uncut, hardcore sex and the other one censored for mainstream audiences (though I still doubt a film based wholly around sex that isn’t pornography will interest mainstream audiences).
Nevertheless, this is definitely a project to keep track of, as the production will no doubt be just as interesting as the finished result itself. Actors involved include Charlotte Gainsbourg in the main role and regular von Trier actor Stellan Skarsgard. What do you think?