Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Reportedly Blocked Jon Hamm From Starring In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Reportedly Blocked Jon Hamm From Starring In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Sacha Baron Cohen Reportedly Returning To Write, Produce, Star In & Direct The Freddie Mercury Biopic Sacha Baron Cohen Reportedly Returning To Write, Produce, Star In & Direct The Freddie Mercury Biopic Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Why Is It Suddenly Not OK To Have Been Gripped By 'The Jinx'? Why Is It Suddenly Not OK To Have Been Gripped By 'The Jinx'? New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Producer Says 5 1/2 Hour 'Nymphomaniac' Not Finished Yet, Will Be Up To Lars Von Trier To Release It

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 19, 2013 at 2:43PM

It's not a Lars Von Trier movie without some kind of controversy but this time around, it's not necessarily the content of his upcoming "Nymphomaniac" that's at issue. Rather it's the stuff that isn't going into the movie. It was about a week ago we learned that the official release of the film arriving in Denmark and Norway next month would be a four-hour cut, unseen by Von Trier that would still contain the hardcore sex he shot (as opposed to a separate softcore version that had been rumored—a concept that has since been ditched). Even more, while reports circulated that a XXX cut would play Cannes next spring, they were swiftly denied by producers. So what is the status of Lars Von Trier's five-and-a-half-hour director's cut? Well, that's up to him.
3
Charlotte Gainsbourg, 'Nymphomaniac'

It's not a Lars Von Trier movie without some kind of controversy but this time around, it's not necessarily the content of his upcoming "Nymphomaniac" that's at issue. Rather it's the stuff that isn't going into the movie. It was about a week ago we learned that the official release of the film arriving in Denmark and Norway next month would be a four-hour cut, unseen by Von Trier that would still contain the hardcore sex he shot (as opposed to a separate softcore version that had been rumored—a concept that has since been ditched). Even more, while reports circulated that a XXX cut would play Cannes next spring, they were swiftly denied by producers. So what is the status of Lars Von Trier's five-and-a-half-hour director's cut? Well, that's up to him.

Producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen recently spoke with AlloCine and cleared up the distinction between the two versions of Lars Von Trier's sex epic (forgive our translation if it's not completely on point). "It does exist, a version that's 5 1/2 hours long, and it contains deeply explicit scenes, but it's not yet finished and cannot be projected in normal conditions. Moreover, nobody in our camp has seen it. Like many other distributors worldwide, we signed right from the beginning for a 4 hour version and that's the one we decided to release in two parts, the first on January 1st and the other on January 29th [in France]. After that, it belongs entirely to Lars Von Trier to show his personal version, why not in a large festival or in a DVD or Blu-ray Collector's Edition?"

It should be clarified here that Jensen isn't implying that Von Trier will own the movie outright but rather it seems he will at least be allowed the right to figure out a way screen his version however he wants. But it would appear that the version Zentropa has made agreements for not just for their own purposes, but with companies worldwide, is for the four-hour cut that's going out there and it seems that's where the energy will be focused from the production company (which Von Trier co-founded). So if you're wondering which version Magnolia will dropping in U.S. theaters next year? It will more than likely be the four-hour cut that everyone else is getting. We'll just have to wait and see what Von Trier does with his longer cut.

Anyway, a brand new poster for the French release is expected next week, with a new trailer the week after. As for those first reviews? You can expect them not longer after the movie screens for press on December 12th overseas.

This article is related to: Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates