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On March 6th, 2014 you’ll be able to catch part one of the film on demand, with part two set to follow on April 3rd. If you’d rather see the director’s sex epic on a bigger screen, then the dates you’ll want to pencil in are March 21st and April 18th, respectively.
If you recall, this is a similar plan to what we saw when Magnolia distributed Von Trier’s last film, Melancholia. It worked well back then and there’s no reason that it shouldn’t prove successful this time around too. Plus, this is a film that would make a lot of people uncomfortable if they were to watch it in a public theatre, so »
- Matt Joseph
£7m tourism promotion deal would have been better spent backing local economy and film-makers, producer tells MSPs
• News: Disney retreats from 'glammed-up' Brave character redesign
A deal which saw £7m in public funding set aside to promote the Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar animation Brave may have hindered rather than helped Scotland's film industry, it has been claimed.
Scottish politicians heard yesterday that the cash might have been better used to boost infrastructure and local film-makers. Producer Gillian Berrie told MSPs the decision to plough money into a Hollywood movie had been a tough blow.
"Sadly, there is no film policy for Scotland at the moment, and there is such limited funding that the amount of projects and talent that can be developed is extremely limited as well," she told the Scotsman in an interview which followed her appearance at Holyrood.
"The Brave money was spent by »
- Ben Child
Watch the Trailer for 'Nymphomaniac’: An Artful Movie About Blowjobs Starring Shia Labeouf Prepare for what might be the ultimate examination of sexuality. By Matt Patches You may be familiar with director Lars von Trier. He's known as a provocateur, both for his real life commentary (in 2011 he admitted to journalists that he "understood Hitler”) and movies like Melancholia, with Kiki Dunst at the end of the world; Dancer in the Dark, starring Bjork as a suicidal blind woman; Dogville, which boiled down to a Nicole Kidman torture film; and Antichrist, the story of two horny adults who end up being overtaken by evil and crushing their – well let's not go there. Beyond the headline-grabbing details, Von Trier is a masterful filmmaker who explores themes few would dare to even speak aloud. His new film Nymphomaniac will likely take the same path as his past work, [...] »
- Matt Patches
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
Revivals, Views From The Avant-Garde, Convergence, Applied Science, Motion Portraits took place at the New York Film Festival. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Breaking off from the New York Film Festival Main Slate, here are some of the highlights. In the Applied Science programme at the press conference for Teller's Tim's Vermeer, David Hockney, Johannes Vermeer, and Jimi Hendrix were intertwined by Teller's partner Penn Jillette. This year's Convergence focused on the "intersection of technology and storytelling" and opened with a Keystone Presentation of Investigate North's The Cloud Chamber Mystery, co-produced by Lars von Trier's Breaking The Waves producer Vibeke Windeløv, whom I met at the New York Film Festival in 2003 where she presented Dogville with Nicole Kidman. In the Revivals, Arthur Ripley's restored The Chase starring Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan and Peter Lorre would be a high-water mark for any festival, at any time. In New York, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
★★★☆☆ Winner of the Silver Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, arch provocateur Denis Cote's Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013) is a fascinating experiment in genre and narrative expectation. Elevated by sterling composition and framing, it's a playful, intelligent work in which the formal elegance conceals its prankster ambitions. Though many will be repelled by the blatant traces of the technical cogs at work, adventurous cinephiles will find it a tricksy, unexpected delight. Provided viewers make the necessary leap of faith, its twists and turns will keep them on their toes throughout the film's lean running time.
We're introduced to the titular Vic (Pierrette Robitaille) as she moves to a remote part of the Canadian woods to care for her ailing father, much to the chagrin of the locals who have been looking after him for years. The situation is further complicated by the arrival of Vic's younger, more outgoing »
- CineVue UK
Exclusive: Appointment signals European Film Bonds ambition to establish a stronger foothold in the UK market.
Peter La Terriere, a British producer and former vp of international production for Universal Pictures, has been hired to head the London offices of European Film Bonds (Efb) - the completion guarantor for titles as Dom Hemingway, Headhunters and Nymphomaniac.
His appointment as Efb’s managing director, UK, was announced today by the company’s CEO and founder Per Neumann.
The move comes as Efb seeks to establish a stronger foothold in the UK market.
La Terriere will oversee the expansion of Efb’s presence in the English-language production sector. The company has also hired legal executive Johan Ewing, and production executive Sudie Smyth.
The Scandinavian completion guarantor whose credits also include Toronto titles Starred Up, Pioneer and Qissa as well as A Royal Affair and Kon-Tiki, was set up by Per Neumann, Nina Crone and Hans Lönnerheden in Copenhagen.
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Toronto Film Festival 2013 Review: Jesse Eisenberg delivers an edgy, two-character performance in arty remake of Dostoevsky’s The Double There’s an unanswered question that hangs in the air at the start of filmmaker and actor Richard Ayoade’s edgy, arty but slightly disappointing tweak on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Double starring Jessie Eisenberg as the office wimp who meets his self-confident other. What’s a cool dude, famous for his acting work in The Mighty Boosh and The It Crowd and director of the slick, coming-of-age comedy Submarine to do when Hollywood studios stick him in forgettable fare like The Watch? Well, you drink a tall glass of Lars von Trier circa Dogville and make a risky movie version of a classic Dostoevsky novella. Intentionally twitchy throughout and unintentionally dull at times, Ayoade’s risk-taking does not pay off completely. Still, it’s edgy, interesting and worth a viewing, »
Vin Diesel has been teasing a role in an upcoming Marvel movie for a long time now. Just today, he all-but-confirmed to EW the rumors that he was voicing a character in one of the superhero-studio’s movies — probably Guardians of the Galaxy, probably Groot. This may be surprising, but it’s actually simply the next phase in an ongoing evolutionary process that dates back to the dawn of the new century. You see, way back in 2000 2001, Vin Diesel headlined The Fast and the Furious, a movie about fast cars and the furious people who drive fastly. Diesel left; in respone, »
- Darren Franich
You may not adore all of Lars von Trier's movies (Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville, etc.) and you may not even like them very much at all. But one thing you have to give him credit for is his overwhelming desire to keep experimenting; to keep changing it up. He's always searching for a different way to tell a story -- something unique, unexpected and often a bit controversial -- and regardless of the outcome, he always gives you plenty to talk about. In Nymphomaniac, Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as a sex-addicted girl who tells of her erotic experiences to a man who saves her after a beating. Separated into eight chapters, it appears the film will cruise between distinct moments in this girl's life, with help from costars Shia Labeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian...
- Erik Davis
Bettany explained that he has never watched the movie since it was released, as it reminds him of an unpleasant time working under the director.
"I had a really terrible time making it," he told The Guardian. "I mean, I take pictures all the time but there are some that I would never look back at because they would transport me back to a very uncomfortable time. That's how it was with Dogville."
On Lars von Trier, he continued: "As an actor, I have questions. I want to know what I'm doing. And he simply wouldn't talk to me.
"You're not allowed to talk about the film and there is no rehearsal. The whole experience was diametrically opposed to what I thought it would be. »
Polarizing filmmaker Lars von Trier obviously likes to make audiences anxious. Whether he's wallowing in the dark side of human nature in Dogville, reveling in the end of the world in Melancholia, or subjecting us to genital mutilation with Antichrist, the man loves to make us squirm. And with his latest, he's taking it to the next level, teasing out our curiosity and discomfort with each new report about Nymphomaniac. First came rumors of real sex being depicted on screen. Then the announcement arose that this two-part hardcore erotic drama will be unveiled on Christmas day. And earlier this month von Trier's bizarre plan for stitching porn actor parts to his noteworthy stars for Nymphomaniac's sex scenes. Now von Trier is revealing how his story of a nymphomaniac's exploits will come together. THR reports Nymphomaniac will be released in two parts, titled Nymphomaniac Volumes I and II. Within these »
The British actor on rediscovering his love of acting, marriage and having a terrible time working with Von Trier
Hi Paul. What are you doing in Los Angeles?
You got it. In the meantime, let's talk about Blood (2). The person you play suffers a pretty brutal character arc. Were you able to shoot the film in sequence?
No, there was a lot of jumping around. Directors always say, "Oh, we'll shoot it in sequence", but it turns out to be an incredibly costly way of working, because it involves moving lots of trucks. Consequently, you have to shoot all the scenes that take place in one location, then move on to the next. But for all that, »
- Xan Brooks
In Reader Spotlight we get to know The Film Experience community one by one. It's taking forever for which you know I'm grateful. Today we're talking to Grace in Toronto.
Nathaniel: Hi Grace. Why do you read The Film Experience?
Grace: I originally read it for your Oscar predictions, but I got hooked on the thoughts and insights in your movie reviews - and actressexuality! It's a little Ebert-esque, but love or hate a movie, you have an undercurrent of overall admiration and appreciation for the medium that keeps me coming back.
What's your first movie memory or obsession?
Grace: E.T. I'm so blood/gore-averse that I distinctly remember hiding my face behind my hands when Elliot cut his finger on the circular saw. And wanting a flying bicycle.
- NATHANIEL R
Simon Columb attends BFI Southbank's Lars von Trier retrospective...
Asked what type of filmmakers inspire and influence Lars von Trier, the last thing one would consider is Busby Berkeley and The Sound of Music. As unlikely as it sounds, these established Hollywood musicals are what contribute to Dancer in the Dark, a musical tragedy starring Björk in the lead role. Contrasting filmmaking methods of hand-held naturalism and 100-camera musical numbers, von Trier manages to fuse together a story of sadness and truth within a contextual setting that is the great Us of A -a world whereby the American Dream is real for many, but unattainable for others.
Located in Washington during the 1960s, we follow Selma (Björk), a Czech immigrant working within a factory and saving for an operation for her son, Gene (Vladica Kostic). He - and she - carry a hereditary illness that leads to blindness and Selma »
- Flickering Myth
While Lars Von Trier seems to have no problem getting actors to line up for his films (just look at the stacked cast of "Nymphomaniac"), the experiences often vary wildly. Bjork swore to never act again after clashing with the director on "Dancer In The Dark," while on the other hand, guys like Willem Dafoe and Udo Kier have been back time and again. But one person who won't be working with enfant terrible any time soon? Paul Bettany. Chatting with The Guardian the actor revealed that his time working on Von Trier's minimalist "Dogville" was so unpleasant, that he hasn't even bothered to see the movie. "I have never seen 'Dogville'...I had a really terrible time making it," Bettany said. "I mean, I take pictures all the time but there are some that I would never look back at because they would transport me back to a very uncomfortable time. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Simon Columb attends BFI Southbank's Lars von Trier retrospective...
Cubism, as an art movement, can be simplified as a style that depicts an object or person through distorting perspective and space. Cubism argued that, as an artist, if you look at an object, though you might depict what is observed, why not include what is not observed yet remains a part of the object. So, though you cannot see the opposite perspective, there are no rules to stop you from including it anyway. This sense of transparency and an all-seeing eye is what Lars von Trier uses to great effect in the theatrical and political Dogville.
The film is located within a single set, whereby only props and floor markings denote where each house is located. Tom (Paul Bettany) is a philanthropist, gathering the town regularly in the hope of creating change and ensuring the development of the community. His world shifts when, »
- Flickering Myth
Filmmaker Mike van Diem has come on board to direct the Dutch romantic comedy “The Surprise.”
Content Film is launching sales at Cannes in all markets except Holland, Belgium, the former Dutch Colonies, Luxembourg and Germany.
“The Surprise,” currently in pre-production, centers on a man who’s depressed by his bland existence and decides to hire a firm specializing in assisted and seemingly accidental suicides. After signing an irreversible contract, he meets a beautiful woman — giving him something to live for and forcing him and her to use their wits to outsmart the contracted firm.
Van Diem received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998 for “Karakter,” which he wrote and directed based on the novel by Ferdinand Bordewijk. Vandevorst’s credits include “It’s All So Quiet, »
- Dave McNary
The film, due for release in von Trier's native Denmark later this month, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as a woman who recounts her sexual history to a man (Stellan Skarsgård) after he finds her badly beaten in an alleyway.
The poster debuted through von Trier's Zentropa Productions Twitter feed.
Shia Labeouf, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman and Christian Slater also feature in the cast for Nymphomaniac. Nicole Kidman, who starred in von Trier's Dogville, was initially set to star but dropped out last October.
The movie will reportedly arrive in two separate versions: one with real sex scenes, and another described as "softcore".
Photo gallery - 8 movies that featured unsimulated sex: »
This May, the BFI celebrates the sometimes controversial, always innovative films of Lars von Trier - from the beginnings of his trancelike ‘Europe’ trilogy, to his self-styled Dogme 95 movement and his most recent assaults on mainstream cinema, including Antichrist and Melancholia - and thanks to BFI Southbank, we're offering two readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to a film of their choosing.
Along with the aforementioned Antichrist and Melancholia, the season also includes The Element of Crime, Epidemic, Europa, Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, Dancer in the Dark, The Five Obstructions, Dogville, Manderlay and The Boss of It All. You can check out a full list of all the screenings and purchase tickets here.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)...
...Then complete your details below, using the subject »
- Flickering Myth
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