17 December 2013 2:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Danish helmer Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” is being screened for critics in Europe and the U.S., with Variety’s Peter Debruge weighing in on the lengthy film about a sex addict.

But because it’s von Trier (who famously  got himself banned from Cannes a few years ago with remarks about Nazis) and because it’s a long, long exploration of sex and sexual mores, “Nymphomaniac,” from Zentropa Entertainments, hits screens with more attention than usual.

Zentropa, launched by von Trier and Peter Aalbaek Jensen in 1992 is Scandinavia’s biggest and most important production company, with recent notable films including Susanne Bier’s Oscar winner “In a Better World” and her pic “Love Is All You Need,” which won the best comedy prize at the recent European Film Awards, and Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt.”

But with “Nymphomaniac,” the shingle will have to defend itself against many who »

- Jon Asp

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