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Von Trier Isn't Pulling Back on Nymphomaniac, "Something Which Could Generate Some Press Attention"

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2011 at 4:45AM

Not one to pull his punches, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier--perhaps in an attempt to deflect the media from reporting on his connection (via Dogville) to Norwegian accused terrorist Anders B. Breivik-- is making more waves regarding his next movie, Nymphomaniac, which is looking at an English-language shoot in summer 2012. The film will track a woman's erotic life from "zero to the age of 50," producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen tells Screen, during eight chapters of varying graphic explicitness. Von Trier plans to shoot two versions, one hardcore, the other softcore.
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Not one to pull his punches, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier--perhaps in an attempt to deflect the media from reporting on his connection (via Dogville) to Norwegian accused terrorist Anders B. Breivik-- is making more waves regarding his next movie, Nymphomaniac, which is looking at an English-language shoot in summer 2012. The film will track a woman's erotic life from "zero to the age of 50," producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen tells Screen, during eight chapters of varying graphic explicitness. Von Trier plans to shoot two versions, one hardcore, the other softcore.

Jensen said von Trier “is really keen on doing this thing. I think that this will be a very amusing film also, very erotic but very funny also. I guess we have something which could generate some press attention. How pornographic it will be, that we have to see in terms of what financing dictates.” ThePlaylist has more details on the status of The Five Obstructions remake with Martin Scorsese.

Check out our interview with von Trier after his Cannes controversy. And so see Melancholia when it opens November 11.

[Von Trier picture from Melancholia set, via IMDb]

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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.