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The splitting of Nymphomaniac into Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II is quite ridiculous and given the fact the two installments grossed just barely over one million combined in their limited theatrical run proves the commercial reasons are hard to make a case for. Not to mention, the way the film was marketed was only ever as some sort of a scandalous venture where, in fact, that's hardly the case when it comes to the final product. Anyone approaching Nymphomaniac with prurient interests will come away disappointed. Then again, even if you're not looking for some sexed up, independent art film porno you might wish that's what you'd gotten as writer/director Lars von Trier has delivered a talky, flashback-driven, voice over fueled picture of relative boredom with minor flashes of intrigue throughout. Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as the titular sex fiend, real name Joe, and she's found, beaten and bloodied, »
- Brad Brevet
The Criterion Collection has a pedigree that few other media distribution outlets can match. Widely respected for bringing consumers the highest possible quality editions of landmark, respected, and exemplary films, their only peer is perhaps the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (an audiophile-focused line of remastered classic albums), and the Mfsl doesn’t have nearly the same skill at curating its catalogue. To be a Criterion film means something in the film community because it implies a level of artistic excellence. Solaris, The Seventh Seal, Ikiru, The 400 Blows. Even if you haven’t seen these films, they mean something in the common language of film buffs; they imply a level of excellence. To be a Criterion film is, contextually, to be the top of your form. Browsing the list of releases reads like a must-watch list for any engaged film fan.
However, with any list so carefully organized and selected, »
The duo will present six films, focusing on new ideas and overlooked titles. As with the rest of the lineup, the names will be unveiled on opening day.
“Guy and Kim have long been a part of Telluride,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “There was no question that they were the perfect choice for this year’s Festival. Their energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning combination – our audience will benefit from that when their selections are unveiled at the Festival!”
The duo told Variety that they have already selected the six films, which include one restored print.
“What we particularly like about Telluride is that they’re willing to take a chance,” Maddin said. “We want people to be »
- Dave McNary
What would you do if you could go back in time? Invest in stocks before they took off? Get a better date to prom? Come on, those are small time changes, think big. How about killing Hitler?
The Red Alert series tells the story of a world where Adolf Hitler was killed before he became the monster history remembers him as. Albert Einstein builds a time machine and does the deed himself. However, having killed one monster another has moved in to take his place.
Without the Nazis to keep him in check, Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union invades Europe with the goal of expanding communism throughout the continent. The player takes the role of a general for either the Soviets or the Allied nations. The story campaign can be played from either side, and the player’s involvement is key to winning the war. »
- Paul Dawson
German thesp Udo Kier will be honored by the Munich Film Festival with its CineMerit Award, given to an actor whose career spans Europe and the U.S.
Kier’s career is full of daring choices, and he’s worked with such icons as Andy Warhol (“Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein”), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (“Lili Marleen,” “Lola” and “Berlin Alexanderplatz”) and Lars von Trier (nine films including both volumes of “Nymphomaniac”).
“Udo Kier is an actor who leaves a lasting impression, no matter what the role,” said festival director Diana Iljine in a statement. “He is an actor who is not afraid to take chances. And many of them have paid off. Udo Kier himself is a work of art.”
Previous recipients of the CineMerit Award include actors Julie Christie, »
- Carole Horst
Veteran German actor Udo Kier - who has in his career played everything from a vampire to Hitler to a monster baby - will be honored by the Munich International Film Festival. The festival will present its award "for an extraordinary personality in international cinema" to Kier at a ceremony on June 30. The 32nd Munich Film Festival runs June 27-July 5. In his astoundingly productive career, Kier has played more than 200 film and TV roles over some 40 years. He has moved between arthouse films, European auteur directors and Hollywood blockbusters. Among other things, he played a vampire
- Scott Roxborough
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the Blood Widow trailer and release details, Vengeance Fest lineup details, multiple trailers, and more:
Photos, Release Details, and Trailer for Blood Widow: “One of America’s foremost homes for horror, Midnight Releasing has picked up the highly anticipated fright-flick Blood Widow. The Jeremiah Buckhalt-directed slasher will be available on – among other outlets – Redbox on June 3rd, 2014.
A bloody, creepy cocktail that blends the wickedness of A Nightmare on Elm Street with the dark, macabre seasoning of Candyman, Blood Widow introduces us to horror’s next major slasher icon – and she’s not going away anytime soon!
After buying a nice house in the country, Laurie and Hugh, »
- Tamika Jones
Exclusive: Sequel will be directed by Timo Vuorensola and will see several of the original cast return.
Earlier this month the film-makers behind the project began raising equity crowdfunding for Iron Sky Universe Ltd, the company owning the Iron Sky franchise. A second sequel is being planned as is a prequel – and a special promo has already been shot.
The Iron Sky sequel is due to be shot in Babelsberg studios. A large part of the post-production will be done in Germany. The German co-producer is 27 Films Production. The producers have already received development support from the Finnish Film Foundation and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Mbb »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Kris De Meester’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel Notes From the Underground is currently in post-production.
Kris De Meester’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel Notes From the Underground is currently in post-production. Kier will play Fyodor, an evil voice in the head of the film’s main character.
The black comedy is produced by De Meester and executive produced by Christine K. Walker.
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Get Into the Gloom: Von Trier Evades Easy Answers in Darker Second Chapter of Sexual Odyssey
You can forget about love as well as any semblance of clarity on the subject of sexuality, female or otherwise by the end of Lars Von Trier’s final chapter of Nymphomaniac: Volume II, a darker, arguably more complicated experience than the first volume. While the chapter divisions tick on like the equally twee but dirty minded version of a Wes Anderson nightmare, the sexual journey of Joe as explained to the overly sympathetic Seligman, grinds forward to a halting denouement that should leave you with the bitter aftertaste Von Trier hopes you’ll have. At times uncomfortable, compelling, and repellant, Joe and Seligman are finally allowed to emerge as more realized characters in this second half, though never quite as fully as we’d like. In more extreme efforts to shock or dismay, »
- Nicholas Bell
Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" caused a stir even before a frame of the film was shot.
After a brusque (and much misunderstood) press conference in Cannes where his comments resulted in banishment from the festival, this film about identity, introspection and the divide between lust and love has been the talk of both tabloid press and serious film critics for many months.
For those that only know of Von Trier for this latest disruption, he has for the last several decades been one of the most controversial, and in turn most intriguing, directors working on the world stage. From beautiful and stylish films like "Europa" or "Melancholia" to stark and sombre tales of hope and redemption like "Breaking the Waves" or "Dancer in the Dark," Von Trier has long crafted films that are at once shattering and inviting, with narratives appearing distant, brutal and calculating, yet with a heart that's often surprisingly sweet. »
- Jason Gorber
‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’ movie review: Lars von Trier offers his latest ‘little nugget of genius’ (photo: Stacy Martin in ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’) It will be noted long after this review is filed deep in the bowels of some ancient digital archive of dead film critics that Lars von Trier was among the most controversial and brilliant filmmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries. This would not be a currently agreed-upon assessment of the filmmaker; nevertheless, Lars von Trier is an actual genius, as opposed to the myriad filmmakers called genius who are actually just clever. It should also be noted that I’ve been saying this about von Trier since the first of his Golden Heart films, Breaking the Waves, provoked audiences at Cannes nearly two decades ago. It’s a seminal von Trier movie that marked the initial international exposure of an artist whose work has been controversial for »
- Tim Cogshell
The second part of controversial master Lars Von Trier’s epic exploration of sexuality, Nymphomaniac Vol II, is set to arrive in the Us on VOD platforms on March 20th. The first instalment is already available and will also be hitting limited theatres on March 21st. The second part will arrive in theatres in April. The trailer shows the further adventures of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sex addict character who finds herself journeying through the darker parts of a violent and sexual world. The two parts together explore Joe’s (Gainsbourg) life from a young age up to the age of 50 with this second part looking set to explore the later years of her life.
The films were released in the UK back in February and they were quite the excellent slices of dark art house cinema when taken together make up a brutal but beautiful 4 hours.
Nymphomaniac Vol II is »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director: Guy Madden
Producers: Centre Pompideu
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
While we thought this would be a 2013 title, the year has come and gone without much word on this project until a recent interview with Charlotte Rampling revealed that this was more of a project rather than a film, perhaps to be released online, but no details have been released one whether this will survive as one entire film. We’re thinking Guy Maddin’s 2014 will revolve around this project and another short he’s been working on, “Seances,” as he preps his long gestating The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman.
Gist: A portmanteau-style anthology of reenactments, recreations or reinventions from various lost or abandoned films (the film »
- Nicholas Bell
Beware the Batman Storms onto Australian Television
All-new Warner Bros. Animation series a ratings hero on Go!
The Dark Knight has returned to Australian television screens with the hit new series Beware the Batman from Warner Bros. Animation, airing on Go! Since its 10 January premiere on Go!, Beware the Batman has been a favourite for Australian viewers, averaging 64,0001total viewers per episode.
A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie.
- Matt MacNabb
Exclusive: Camino Filmverleih, distributor of Berlinale Competition titles Stations of the Cross and Jack, is to make a foray into production this year.
Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, Camino head of distribution, acquisitions and sales Kamran Sardar Khan revealed that sci-fi drama Der Polder and the comedy Metal Train will be co-produced via Camino’s parent company Niama Film.
The Stuttgart-based distributor will be a minority partner on Samuel Schwarz’s Der Polder will be produced by Switzerland’s Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Kam(m)acher GmbH, and Niama Film with backing from broadcasters Swr and Srf and Bundesamt für Kultur (Bak) and Zürcher Filmstiftung.
Campaigns with an augmented reality game and a MP3 audiowalk based on the film’s storyline have already been running in various Swiss towns to generate interest in the project.
Principal photography is set to begin in Zurich this March, with theatrical release planned for spring 2015 by Camino Filmverleih in Germany and Stammfilm in Switzerland »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
It may have been cruel, but it also would have been darkly and deeply funny if Lars von Trier had decided to release the first of his two-part sex addict drama Nymphomaniac on Valentine’s Day. Although the director’s fans (and curious cinephiles) on this side of the ocean will have to wait until March to see if the film lives up to its ecstatic reviews and its eyebrow raising posters, a new, green-band U.S. trailer for Nymphomaniac is now online to tempt and tease us for what’s to come. It may be the most erotic and rancid green-band promo ever though, so still watch at your own risk if you’re at work. Even a toned back Lars von Trier is still quite provocative.
After its bizarre premiere in Berlin last weekend, where actor Shia Labeouf wore a paper bag on his head and ditched a press conference, »
- Jordan Adler
Magnolia has released the first official domestic trailer for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Volume I, which will arrive on iTunes and OnDemand on March 6 followed by a limited theatrical run on March 21. The film half of von Trier's film played the Berlin Film Festival recently as it tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), 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 newcomer Stacy Martin). Additional members of the cast (though I'm unsure how many of them are actually featured in Part One vs. Part Two) include Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier. Check out the trailer below and Happy Valentine's Day. yt id ="8V0O3hf »
- Brad Brevet
Lars Von Trier’s two-part sex drama Nymphomaniac will be hitting cinemas across the planet very soon, and today Yahoo! Movies relased a brand new trailer for part one of the epic. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier all star in the film, which enters (oops) UK cinemas on the 22nd February. Us cinemas receive it (apologies) on the 21st March.
“Nymphomaniac: Volume I” 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 newcomer Stacy Martin).
Part Two comes later. Watch the new trailer below.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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- Paul Heath
As a special Valentine’s Day treat (?), Magnolia Pictures has released the official U.S. theatrical trailer for director Lars von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac: Volume I. The two-part epic tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her numerous sexual encounters to an old bachelor when he discovers her badley beaten in an alley. Volume I looks to mainly take place in flashback, as the young Joe (Stacy Martin) begins her adventurous journey. This trailer is devoid of any Nsfw material from von Trier’s graphically explicit film, but there is quite a bit of Shia Labeouf. The tone is certainly aggressive, and it’ll be interesting to see how von Trier’s epic stands up as two separate films. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, »
- Adam Chitwood
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