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Review: Lars Von Trier Confronts Depression Head On In The Grim 'Melancholia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2011 11:41 AM
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Essentially shock free, the operatic, three act film plays more like an Ingmar Bergman chamber piece than anything else and the biggest surprise is just how contemplative Von Trier is this time around.

Charlotte Gainsbourg Says Lars Von Trier Was “Suffering” During ‘Antichrist’ But Was Happy During ‘Melancholia’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 10, 2011 11:35 AM
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Lars Von Trier Embraces His Persona Non Grata Status In Poster For 'Melancholia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 4:39 AM
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Lars Von Trier seems to have taken to heart the old Groucho Marx adage of not belonging to any club that will have him as a member. The director who famously ruffled feathers this spring at Cannes with his terrible Nazi "joke" -- and who caused more consternation by not apologizing for it -- has decided to give himself a character poster for the U.K. release of "Melancholia." What's more, his is the only one stamped with an "official" Cannes Persona Non Grata stamp. You gotta love it.

'Drive,' 'Restless,' 'Melancholia,' 'Skin I Live In': Over 20 Films From TIFF2011 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 9, 2011 9:51 AM
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If you're at all into film and read movie blogs you know it's all about the Toronto International Film Festival for the next nine days (the festival started yesterday, September 8). Arguably the biggest film festival in the world aside from Cannes (who are probably more prestigious, but not quite as big), no other festival can boast the amount of stars and number of films that Toronto can. So there are several hundreds of flicks rolling out this week that cinephiles are eagerly anticipating.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Melancholia' Shows Off The Film's Gorgeous Cinematography

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 9:22 AM
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While we weren't quite enraptured with Lars Von Trier's psychological disaster film when we saw it in Cannes, there are a few definite highlights to be enjoyed. Firstly, Kirsten Dunst gives the performance of her career in the film -- her Best Actress win at the festival was well deserved -- and the movie itself is utterly gorgeous, thanks in no small part to cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro. His first effort for Lars Von Trier is simply a knockout and as the opening montage of this latest trailer shows off, there is some tremendous work that will dazzle the eyes.

Watch: Kirsten Dunst Braces For The End Of The World In U.K. 'Melancholia' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 4:02 AM
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The world is coming to an end, so what do you do: panic or accept your fate with an eerie calm? Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst offer up both sides of the coin in Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," which now has a new trailer as it gears up for its U.K. release next month.

'Melancholia' Goes VOD On October 7th, One Month Before It Hits Theaters On November 11th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2011 4:31 AM
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Don't act so surprised. We pretty much figured this might happen when Magnolia picked up the film at the beginning of the year and as is usual for the indie label, one of the biggest arthouse films of the year will be available in your living room first before you can see it on the big screen. That's right, Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" will go digital on October 7th before getting a limited release on November 11th.

Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' To Close The New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:28 AM
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Impressive Main Slate Includes 'The Artist,' 'Shame,' 'Le Havre,' 'Melancholia,' 'Miss Bala,' 'The Kid With The Bike' & MoreWith TIFF and Venice solidifying their lineups, organizers at the New York Film Festival revealed their full main slate today and it's pretty impressive. Kicking things off, the fest announced that Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" has landed the Closing Night Gala slot. To refresh your memory, the film is co-written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and follows the story of a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King (Clooney), who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with after a boating accident leaves her critically injured. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster, Mary Birdsong and Nick Krause all co-star in the film which Payne has described as, “a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch.” The film will hit theaters on November 23rd.

Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia' Will End The World With Sadness On November 11th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 6:17 AM
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With Lars Von Trier going all Mel Gibson (kind of but not really, but his big mouth is his own worst enemy) at Cannes in May, you'll be forgiven for forgetting that he was there to present his latest effort, the epic tale of sadness and apocalypse "Melancholia." The film was picked up by Magnolia long before Cannes but a release date has now been set: it will hit theaters starting November 11th.

Beef Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn 'Repulsed' By Lars Von Trier! Von Trier Says 'Fuck Him'! Porno!

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 20, 2011 3:52 AM
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Another day, another right turn to the ridiculously stupid fall-out from Lars Von Trier's "nazi" statements. Good old humorless reporters at Cannes loved raking noted provocateur Lars Von Trier over the coals for his joking "pro-Nazi" stance before the organization dubbed him persona non grata. The next step, of course, is the reaction from other filmmakers. This should be fun.

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