Forget Love With the New Poster for Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’

Fueled by his own fears and desires, director Lars von Trier has always turned that which plagues him into art. His anxious mind forces him to create and as a result, we’re given the most psychologically penetrating and visceral films, each one touching a new part of the pain of human existence and the surrounding terror in our lives.

And back when Lars had just wrapped Melancholia and was in preparations for his next cinematic undertaking, he told Nils Thorsen that he was "researching nymphomania and Marquis de Safe," going on to say that he’s found that, "40 percent of all nymphomaniacs are also cutters…but again, it’s politically incorrect to speak of nymphomania, because the concept in itself is seen to indicate that we cannot relate to female sexuality. As I understand, many of them cannot obtain satisfaction, so they use sex like cutting because it is something within their control. I suppose they carry around a fear or pain they conceal beneath."

And although brief, it’s a statement that may provide some insight into the tone of his upcoming film, Nymphomaniac—but it’s nothing too surprisng. For Lars, his films are nothing if not charged with psychological turmoil and the struggle  between giving into one’s impulses and desires versus fighting for control. And so far, we’ve seen two stills from the film, which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard, and even read the title card:
Text on black background: “Although the director on principle is of the opinion
that you should be able to show everything, he accepts, under protest, that this
will not be possible here. He will therefore stay within the limits of the law and
occasionally use blurred images. 
So although the film won’t be headed to Cannes this month, we’re now given another taste of the feature with the first poster for the film. And as we would expect a Nymphomaniac poster to be, It’s blatant and starkly sexual, drawing you right in and telling you to Forget About Love. So with this as the first bit of promotion out the gate, I’m excited to see what else is in store for us.
 
See the poster below and learn more about Lars von Trier’s latest penetrating film here, here, and here.
 
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