Melancholia has been earning plenty of rave reviews over its festival run, but Lars von Trier seems ready to move on to his next project, The Nymphomaniac. With Stellan Skarsgård looking like a lead — and Willem Dafoe being offered a part — buyers are now coming into the picture.
According to THR, Artificial Eye has picked it up in the U.K., Gutek Film is putting it out in Poland, Aero Films will be bringing it to the Czech Republic, and Benelux will see the film courtesy of Wild Bunch; Central Partnership has the rights in Russia. No word on who might take it to the U.S., but von Trier collaborators IFC or Magnolia seem like pretty obvious choices.
Whoever takes it up will have some distribution questions to face, as he’s made it clear that two versions are on the way — one hardcore, the other softcore. Either of the American companies that I’ve mentioned have shown a lot of courage in what they put out, however; any concern may be moot.
If you remember his joking comments at this year’s Cannes Film Festival about sympathies with Nazis — and his unneeded but required apology — then get ready for some more of this nonsense. An interview with GQ (via Vulture) featured the controversial Dane telling people that he is in fact not sorry about these jokes.
Read his quote on the shenanigans below:
“To say I’m sorry for what I said is to say I’m sorry for what kind of a person I am, I’m sorry for my morals, and that would destroy me as a person. It’s not true. I’m not sorry. I am not sorryfor what I said. I’m sorry that it didn’t come out more clearly. I’m not sorry that I made a joke, but I’m sorry that I didn’t make it clear that it was a joke. But I can’t be sorry for what I said—it’s against my nature.”
This feels like nothing more than a mild clarification about some remarks that put him in hot water, and possibly an attempt at making it relevant again. It was good for a chuckle when we heard it several months ago, but all I care about is the work he puts out — that lasts a lifetime. The rest is fun for a couple of days.
Who do you think will bring The Nymphomaniac to America? Do his recent Nazi comments feel a little pointless by now?