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Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »
- Eric Lavallee
We’d be hard pressed to find more of an enraptured superfan of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel than Marielle Heller. The actress adapted Diary of a Teenage Girl into a stageplay, played the lead, and at the end of the playhouse run figured she wasn’t done with the material. 2012 was a pivotal bloom year for the adaptation, with Heller landing all encompassing support from the Sundance Institute folks with a quartet of workshoppy goodness: Creative Producing Summit, June Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab and Screenplay Reading Series. Production took place in San Francisco this past January, with the love triangle roles being distributed to Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, and newbie Bel Powley in the title role. Set in the Farrah Fawcett pin-up era, this potentially thorny The Ice Storm-esque drama pits irresponsible adults with grown up teenagers and should be a highly sought after acquisitions title …. especially if »
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: French actress and model Stacy Martin has signed with Wme following her breakthrough turn in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and II opposite Shia Labeouf. The daring and baring performance saw Martin playing the younger version of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s “Joe,” the titular woman with an unquenchable libido, from ages 15-31 and nabbed her a nomination for Denmark’s Bodil Award for Best Actress. A newcomer to acting, Martin’s additional credits include Heidi Greensmith’s upcoming Winter, Matteo Garrone’s The Tale Of Tales, and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise. She’s also the face of fashion labels Rag & Bone and Miu Miu. Martin also is repped by 42 in the UK.
- Jen Yamato
If you saw Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and Vol. II earlier this year, you might be interested in the Nymphomaniac Extended Director's Cut officially headed to theaters and VOD internationally. The cut will be released on VOD on October 2, 2014 “at special festival events across North America, as well as in several European countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and in Trier’s native Denmark.” »
- Graham McMorrow
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
My review of Nymphomaniac: Vol. I can be found here. Both volumes are now playing locally at the Violet Crown Cinema and are also available to rent through cable & digital VOD providers, including iTunes.
While the first installment of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac focused on Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) graphically retelling the stories of her sexual history as a young woman to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), Nymphomaniac: Vol. II shifts to her adulthood. She's on an endless quest to recreate the enormity of feeling from a spontaneous orgasm she once experienced as a pre-teen, but as the story picks back up, we're at a stage where she basically has lost all sexual desire and, even worse, any pleasure from having sex. Joe has gone numb and can no longer have an orgasm, a loss that nearly destroys her ability to function. She goes on a quest to "rehabilitate her sexuality" and »
- Matt Shiverdecker
‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’: More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (photo: Papou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kookie Ryan in ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’) (See ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’ Review: Lars von Trier an ‘Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in a snow-covered alley by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), an unassuming fellow with a gentle demeanor who takes her to his apartment. In his austere dwelling she recounts her adventures as a young nymphomaniac in a series of stories, each preceded by director Lars von Trier’s requisite thematic chapter headings and cinematic asides. Young Joe’s (Stacy Martin) exploits, from her debut sexual experience with Jerome (Shia Labeouf), through her adventures on a train, to her very dramatic experience with a married man, his kids, and his wife (played by Uma Thurman in what might be the best 10 minutes of »
- Tim Cogshell
Lars Von Trier's sexually explicit epic has been edited into two different versions. There is a 4-hour "international" version (which is what Magnolia is currently releasing here in the U.S.), split into two halves for distribution around the world. A 5.5-hour "hardcore" version contains even more exposition and explicit footage. While it's hard to imagine that the hardcore version would ever see the light of day in America, Magnolia has stated that they'll eventually release it domestically, although that may be exclusive to home video.
Despite its occasionally explicit nature, anybody who is familiar with Von Trier's work will not be surprised to know that the film is not at all sexy. If Nymphomaniac had been submitted for a rating, the movie would certainly have earned an Nc-17, but I suspect that if two or three brief shots of penetration and/or oral sex had been removed that »
- Matt Shiverdecker
This weekend, Shailene Woodley is caught in a dangerous plot and fights for her life in "Divergent," The Muppets find themselves smack-dab in the middle of an international jewel-heist in "Muppets Most Wanted," and many more come to theaters in limited release.
The sci-fi action film "Divergent" stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, a young woman who learns she's Divergent and, therefore, doesn't fit into future Chicago. Set in a world divided into sects (or "factions") based on personality traits, the book-turned-movie follows Tris and the mysterious Four as they discover a plot to destroy Divergents and set out to uncover the truth. Directed by Neil Burger, the movie also stars Kate Winslet, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Ashley Judd.
In their latest adventure, the Muppets embark on a grand world tour only to find that they are actually involved in a European jewel-heist after Kermit the Frog's evil look-alike, »
- Jonny Black
‘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
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I is currently On Demand and will find its way to theaters this weekend, March 21. It stands to reason, then, Nymphomaniac: Vol. II will begin its On Demand run this Thursday, March 20, before hitting theaters on April 4, which means this Thursday you'll finally be able to get your fill of Lars von Trier's latest. The duology features Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, 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. The second part picks up with the story of Joe's adulthood, and stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr among others. Today Magnolia has released a trailer for the second part which you can watch directly below. »
- Brad Brevet
After walking the red carpet at the Nymphomaniac premiere in Berlin with a paper bag over his head, Shia Labeouf was nowhere to be seen at Thursday's premiere of the first part of Lars von Trier's sexual epic in New York. Von Trier himself was also missing, perhaps in keeping with his decision to refrain from making public comments after his remarks about "understanding Hitler" at his press conference for Melancholia got him banned from the Cannes Film Festival. Story: Shia Labeouf Wears Paper Bag on Head to 'Nymphomaniac' Premiere The stars who were on hand for Nymphomaniac's New York
- Hilary Lewis
Lars von Trier sets out to ruin audiences’ sexual fantasies with his latest provocation, “Nymphomaniac.” The examination of a young woman's journey through the bedrooms, back rooms and wherever else Europeans make the beast with two back is currently available on demand. It hits theaters on March 21. Not content with limiting his exploration of on-screen coitus to one film, a second part will debut in theaters next month. Clearly, endurance is not an issue with the Danish master. Part one has scored with critics, who have taken the odd pot shot, but nevertheless found the experience pleasurable, rewarding it with. »
- Brent Lang
Los Angeles, March 9: Actors Shia Labeouf and Stacy Martin carefully used prosthetics and porn doubles for intimate scenes in the movie "Nymphomaniac", about a self confessed sex addict recounting her life story.
"Neither Shia nor I were willing to actually have sex onscreen, obviously. Everything was set in place for us to have a porn double, a prosthetic vagina, special effects,"
Martin told Nylon magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
"As actors, we could be ourselves and commit to an amazing project, but we were protected as human beings, and, speaking for myself, as a woman," she added.
The 22-year-old also said the script led to her and Labeouf to have interesting conversations off the set.
- Meeta Kabra
We all know of the numerous ways to watch films online these days but Thn highly recommend BFI Player that offers a mix of 7 new channels and various collections. You’ll get a whole mix of must-see cinema, silent classics, festival exclusives and rare footage from the national film archive, which really does bring a unique and diverse range of content to the video-on-demand platform. Plus, the important part, there’s no subscription fee, so you only pay for what you watch.
If you’re also a bashful cinephile, then you can now breathe a sigh of relief because Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac (Volumes I and II) and Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake are both available to stream. With each film priced between £7.50 and £10, this new option will bring comfort to those who are desperate to see either of the controversial dramas, but simply can’t face »
- Dan Bullock
Focusing on a stoner and his girlfriend, the movie tells of how their quiet lives are interrupted when his past crashes into their present, as a Government operation looks set to wipe him out. With Eisenberg and Stewart as the young couple, Thurman will take the role of a Government official, once responsible for a secret program creating ‘sleeper warriors,’ who returns to protect him like a bear with her cub.
The film will be the second feature for Nima Nourizadeh, after his 2012 high school party debut movie, Project X, and is written by Max Landis - now enjoying a great deal of momentum in his career following the success of 2012’s Chronicle, which he also scripted. He, himself, has just wrapped production on his directorial debut, Me Him Her, »
- Sarah Myles
There was a lot more buzz surrounding Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Volume I (now out on VOD; in theaters March 21) than you'd normally see from an indie foreign film co-starring Stellan Skarsgård, but that's what happens when advance press includes phrases like "unsimulated sex scenes" and "digitally imposed body doubles" — and the title is Nymphomaniac. Then the first trailer came out, with its vagina and oral sex close-ups, as well as Shia Labeouf, and it quickly became one of the most anticipated movies of the winter. Just like the old canard of the person who says he reads Playboy for the articles, people are asking aloud, "But is it art?" (to which the reviews say yes: Volume I is at 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes; David Edelstein wrote that it was "both dumber and more entertaining than anyone had a right to expect"). But what a lot of »
- Jesse David Fox
Specialty screenings are pretty much off the radar for the next two weekends because the SXSW Film Festival is taking over many of Austin's best venues. If you aren't headed out to the festival, there are still a few free community screenings that are part of SXSW. Most of them are taking place at the Marchesa, including the Afs ShortCase on Saturday afternoon. Programmed by the Austin Film Society, ShortCase is a program of short films created by Afs members and curated by a jury that includes filmmaker Clay Liford, Slackerwood's own Debbie Cerda and Lars Nilsen from Afs.
Aside from that, if you didn't pick up a SXSW badge or wristband, you'll very likely be able to buy your way into some of the encore screenings by the end of the week after the music portion of the festival gets started and the movies slow down a bit. Check »
- Matt Shiverdecker
This spring brings a wave of promising high-profile projects, but for cinephiles in the Middle East the pickings will be slightly slimmer. Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac have been banned in the parts of the Middle East, which is probably about the only thing the two films have in common. Find out […]
- Angie Han
While there's plenty to see in theaters this weekend (we've outlined three), the film you won't want to miss is Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1," and you can watch it from the comfort of home. It arrived on VOD Thursday before hitting theaters on March 21. Also arriving this weekend is another auteur output, Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," as well as indie thriller "Grand Piano" and macho action spectacle "300: Rise of an Empire." Trailers below.In "Nymphomaniac," it's not just about sex. There's plenty of it, to be sure, in this very dark comedy about a woman's sexual history. That woman, Joe, is played with ferocity by Lars von Trier's favorite damsel-in-distress, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and in recounting her coital past, the film becomes a psychosexual picaresque -- and a truly twisted character study. Framing the story is the banter between Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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