Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ May Bring Hardcore to Cannes

After the grand Melancholia press conference snafu of 2011, Lars von Trier was deemed ‘persona non grata’ forever at Cannes. Reasonably so, he ruffled more than a few feathers and let his actors lurching for a proper response to their leader’s behavior. However, it’s von Trier and as his five-hour sexual odyssey Nymphomaniac continues to gain momentum and tease us more and more, it looks as though the film festival may be a little more forgiving than we’d expected. 

With Denmark having its Nymphomaniac premiere this Christmas (how fitting), Montages now reveals that the version rolling into theaters will be the “milder softcore version” of the film, with the hardcore version rumored to premiere at Cannes in May. But of course, this only shrouds the film in that much more thrill and anticipation—exacerbated by the fact that a few months ago TrustNordisk Managing Director Rikke Ennis declared that once Nymphomaniac has its premiere, "it "will rock the entire cinema landscape," with Jensen adding that this is, "von Trier’s most ambitious film to date, probably his masterpiece…it brings a smile to my face watching lust and laughter go hand in hand with such a drama."
 
But what does this mean for Magnolia’s U.S. release? Will we only get to watch the hardcore version from the VOD comfort of our darkened living rooms? Only time will tell.
 
And incase you haven’t been following the unraveling Nymphomaniac saga for the past year, check out the film’s synopsis below:
 
The film is a wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi-faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

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