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Lars von Trier's Uncut 'Nymphomaniac Volume 1' Heading to Berlin for World Premiere

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2013 at 11:34AM

The uncut version of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume I" is set to premiere out of competition at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. This will be the only screening of the uncut "Volume I"; per TrustNordisk, the film's sales company, an uncut version of "Volume II" will premiere later in 2014.
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Uma Thurman in 'Nymphomaniac'
Uma Thurman in 'Nymphomaniac'

The uncut version of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume I" is set to premiere out of competition at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. This will be the only screening of the uncut "Volume I"; per TrustNordisk, the film's sales company, an uncut version of "Volume II" will premiere later in 2014.

At this point it's getting a little difficult to keep track of the various cuts of this sprawling two-part film. A shorter version, designed for a worldwide theatrical rollout starting December 25, is also in two parts. That version is the one coming to US shores, with the first installment on March 21 and the second on April 18.

It's this shorter two-part version that critics have been seeing, and generally liking thus far -- here's our review roundup for the film. The trailer is here.

THR speculates that a von Trier film premiering at Berlin, the former Third Reich capitol and current site of a large Holocaust memorial, could prove controversial. Von Trier of course caused an uproar at Cannes in 2011, with incendiary remarks about finding out that he was "really a Nazi, which also gave me some pleasure," and that he "understands Hitler."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.