Nymphomaniac is finally becoming a scary and exciting reality for all the Lars Von Trier fans and haters. There’s no better proof than its series of insanely creative movie posters that are just released on the internet. In the posters, all the movie actors are shot with their faces showing orgasmic bliss. Posters feature O-faces of A-stars Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Stellan Skarsgård as well as others.
“The movie is what you think it is. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
The previous statement was later denied by the film’s producer, Louise Vesth, who stated that they are using special effects to digitally impose the upper halves of actors who pretend to have sex with the genital organs of porn actors who actually have sex.
Brilliant and uncensored, Lars Von Trier never fails to shock his audiences and critics at the same time. Von Trier is a real-time troublemaker and also a f***ed up genius, his movies always open up to huge controversy, either critical acclaim or critical panning. His anti-Semitic (jokes according to him) statements and comments gained him a kick out of Cannes Festival, and he was even announced a persona non grata by Cannes Film Festival’s board of directors in 2011. Von Trier has a messed up personality, he struggles with episodes of depression which hinders his creative output and he suffers from various phobias, among the most intense is his phobia of flying. All these factors along with Von Trier’s love for film making and his bold movie choices allowed for the series of bizarre, mind-blowing and sometimes even unbelievably sadistic features that he keeps directing.
Movies like Dogville, Melancholia and Antichrist have both received positive reviews and slamming ones. At one time, “Antichrist” the sexually explicit, painful to watch, art film received a Best Actress award at Cannes Festival in 2009. The movie also received an “anti-award” from the The Cannes Film Festival Ecumenical Jury. A jury member openly criticized the movie calling it the “most misogynist movie from the most self-proclaimed director in the world”.
Von Trier has played on his fears and loathing so well. In “The USA: Land of Opportunities” trilogy: Dogville (2003), Manderlay (2005) and to-be produced Wasington, Trier shares with the audiences his criticism for the American society with all its “sins and hypocrisy”. As expected, Trier was attacked by American critics and directors, who claimed that he had no right to criticize a country that he hasn’t even visited.
In the Depression trilogy: Antichrist (2009), Melancholia (2010) and Nymphomaniac (2013), Von Trier depicts characters who have suffered depression and the different ways in which they dealt with it. This is of course played on Trier’s own depression.
The Golden Heart trilogy: Breaking the Waves (1996), The Idiots (1998) and Dancer in the Dark (2000), was about heroes who maintained their golden hearts despite suffering from major tragedies. This trilogy represents the “Dogme 95 movement”, a new cinematic movement initiated by directors Lars Von Trier and his friend Thomas Vinterberg. The movement is characterized by creating a movie based on the traditional values of story, acting, and theme, and excluding the use of impressive special effects or technology.
One yet has to watch “Nymphomaniac” to judge whether it will garner more hatred for the Danish genius, or it will pass quietly without raising Hell. The softcore version of the movie will be released in Denmark on December 25th, 2013. As for the explicit version, Trier has reserved it for the upcoming Cannes Festival in 2014. Or so he hopes.
Written by: Jaylan Salah