‘Nymphomaniac: Part 1’ Premieres at Sundance Secret Screening

nymphomaniac Charlotte Gainsbourg naked

Lar Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac: Part 1” was revealed to be the secret screening feature that premiered at Sundance on Tuesday night at the Egyptian Theater.

Guessing the film’s identity had become a popular game in Park City on a day that saw many festgoers heading home.

Fest director John Cooper confirmed the film just before the screening.

Rumors leaked early, correctly it turned out, that it was “Nymphomaniac.” But the film’s distributor Magnolia wouldn’t confirm them. The film’s identity was so closely guarded that even the ushers didn’t know.

Some astute audience members basically figured it out. The festival’s program said the mystery film would run 117 minutes, which turned out to be the exact duration of “Nymphomaniac: Part 1.”

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Another clue: a sign outside the theater read, “I.D. required must be 18 or over to attend this film.” “Nymphomanic,” which is unrated, features graphic sex scenes unsuitable for children who might have been attending with unsuspecting parents.

The packed house of 280 people were visibly excited up until the last-minute reveal. “I don’t even know what that is,” said one clueless attendee when told of the film’s title before the lights dimmed.

“Nyphomaniac: Part 1,” which stars Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jamie Bell, already opened in France, Spain, Brazil and several Eastern European markets. It premieres in North American theaters on March 21.

None of the cast was known to be in attendance. Von Trier, who doesn’t fly, has never been to the United States.

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  1. Dinda says:

    Was it worthed to left the premiers of the raid 2 to watch this?

  2. skep41 says:

    Oh goody! Another endlessly long, slow-moving, torturous epic from the King Of The Viking Filmmakers. Even the title promises mucho sex…but…will it be mucho fun sex? No chance of that. Sexy sex? Please. Intimate sex? Hardly. This will be painful sex between people who hate themselves and their fellow humans and dont mind mumbling their angst at each other in between meaningless couplings. Although I havent had the pleasure of actually viewing this epic I venture to guess that it will be as erotic as Naked Day in the electro-shock therapy waiting room. I pity the poor simpletons who check out the title and mistake it for honest porn.

  3. And did they hand out raincoats and lotion too? Sheesh, what a desperate attempt at remaining relevant, fro a once fantastic filmmaker

  4. david t. krall says:

    how and why mention a film/move without at least, very briefly, even one-sentence, giving a clue
    at to the plot or genre’??? especially when it just had a “closed” premier/screening???
    ?????
    from: david t. krall
    email: truthatlarge@hotmail.com

  5. westy401 says:

    Nothing like a little porn to rally the troops at Sundance.

  6. is that a nipple shot in that pic?? lol

  7. Jewell Sparks says:

    I am currently in Germany and for the Berlinale festival coming up next month, this is one of the most anticipated films. The environment in Europe is much different than the US and I look forward to reporting on the films from a US perspective during the Fest next month. I am quite sure the audience at Sundance was not impressedand maybe even a bit traumatized but hey… Different strokes for different folks!!!

  8. cadavra says:

    I hear the high point was when LaBoeuf told Uma Thurman, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” :-D

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