Uncut Version of ‘Nymphomaniac’ to World Premiere at Berlin Film Festival

Uncut Version of 'Nymphomaniac' World Premiere

Director Lars von Trier may attend world premiere in Berlin

LONDON — The uncut version of “Nymphomaniac Volume I” will world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it will play out of competition. It has yet to be confirmed whether director Lars von Trier will attend the screening.

The shorter version of Von Trier’s pic will be rolled out worldwide in movie theaters from Dec. 25.

The Berlin premiere will be the only screening of the uncut version of “Volume I” until the long version of “Volume II” premieres later in 2014, according to the film’s sales company TrustNordisk.

“Berlinale audiences will be the first to see the long uncut version of ‘Nymphomaniac Volume I.’ Lars von Trier, a guest of the Berlinale for the first time in 1984, returns to the festival with this film. The aesthetic he has created in ‘Nymphomaniac’ is impressive and radical,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.

The ensemble cast is led by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf. Other thesps in the pic are Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Marc Barr and Udo Kier. British actress Stacy Martin makes her big screen debut.

The choice of venue for the premiere — in the former capital of the Nazi Third Reich and only a short walk from the city’s Holocaust memorial — could prove controversial, especially if Von Trier attends. The Danish director was banned from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 after a press conference for his last film “Melancholia” in which he jokingly said he was a Nazi and that that he understood Hitler.

The remarks, which he quickly came to regret, were made in jest in response to a question about his German roots.

Von Trier said: “I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew … Then it turned out that I was not a Jew … I found out that I was really a Nazi, which also gave me some pleasure.

“What can I say? I understand Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end … I sympathize with him, yes, a little bit.”

He added: “But come on, I am not for the Second World War, and I am not against Jews. I am very much for Jews; well not too much because Israel is a pain in the ass. But still, how can I get out of this sentence … OK I’m a Nazi.”

Von Trier later said in a statement: “If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said, I sincerely apologize. I am not antisemitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 8

Leave a Reply

8 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Jim Hall says:

    Phil Robertson, “HELL YES” ! He’s Bigger Than Obama, The Liar in Every Poll and Bank Accounts ! Ha

  2. Bob C. says:

    Lars von Trier, have you met Phil Robertson?

    Phil Robertson, say hello to Lars von Treir.

    You both say stupid things.

    Discuss.

  3. Martin Schwartz says:

    Lars is not giving a dialectical spoof on political correctness. He himself is actually the caricature of the self-hating Jew, who then finds out he’s not really a Jew…so instead sympathizes with being a Nazi. However, in the the great tradition of European cappuccino cafe politics, his true anti-semitism is actually shown. It’s not from calling himself a Nazi, which is clearly ust a self-reflective quip. Instead, it’s from the off-handed comment that “Israel is a pain in the ass.” Here, he actually shows the undercurrent of antisemitism, raising the specter again of the demanding complainer, the greedy Jew, the moralist, etc..

    The inability to see that there is a pervasive hatred of Jews and Jewish morality instead of Israel as a pain in the ass, which turns Islamic fanaticism on its head blaming Israel instead of those trying to push Jews into the sea because won’t don’t succumb to Islamic fascist supremacy – is the height of both historical and Lar’s personal blindness.

  4. Everybody (Except me and Lars lol) is so serious! Instead of having political correctness, repression (and political correctness, a symptom of repression) has replaced most director’s imagination, consciousness and sense of humor! I would worry about hurting PEOPLE”S feeling IF PEOPLE HAD ANY FEELINGS TO HURT. However instead of having feelings at all, all people have is POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! With the SICKNESS of political correctness, it seems that you are unable to LAUGH AT ANYTHING! As a result instead of humor, wit or even good movies, we have only seriousness, (and even seriousness is only an IMPRESSION of seriousness) in films. So what we have is mostly FORMULAIC SERIOUSNESS, except when an occasional director like Lars Von Trier and/or Michael Haneke DARES to SUBVERT ALL FILMIC EXPECTATIONS and shows us a way to UNDO REPRESSION!

More Film News from Variety

Loading