Forget Love With the New Trailer for Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume I’
In an interview released in conjunction with his doomsday ballet Melancholia, Lars von Trier spoke of his interest in literature, proclaiming:
It’s an interesting point why the hell films have to be so stupid! Why do all lines have to be about something? A plot. When books have a red thread, they only brush it momentarily. And then again in a flash much later. Whereas a film is completely tied to the plot. Even a Tarkovsky film has nowhere near the same depth of a novel. It could be fun to make some of the novel’s qualities—even that they talk nineteen to the dozen, which is what I like in Dostoyevsky—and include that.
And for all the talk of its salacious nature and the lurid intrigue it has stirred amongst anxious and ardent fans, the most thrilling bit of truth is that Trier’s Nymphomaniac followed through precisely on his above statement—the five-hour epic existing in a world that’s fascinatingly novel-esque in its richness. Volume I, which will be released theatrically and on VOD next month, is a cacophony of visceral emotion and brilliant storytelling that weaves together the tale of one woman’s life. It’s not only an exploration of desire and rebellion, but a story of the rituals we hold sacred that give way to addictions, yet remain the fire and the glue which keep our lives in their own personal tact. But more on that later.
In the meantime, you can now watch a new trailer for Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 and don’t forget to mark your calendar’s for its March 6th VOD release and the theatrical premiere on the 21st.