Written by Daan Rombaut
Starting today, extracts from Lars von Trier’s newest film Nymph()maniac will be published in the countdown to its Dutch release on 9th January 2014. The drama will consist of eight parts and will be divided into two films, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, and Connie Nielsen. The story is built around Joe (Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who is found assaulted in an alley and saved by Seligman (Skarsgård). Seligman takes her home to care for her while Joe recounts her life story from birth to the age of 50.
The trailer of the first chapter ‘The Compleat Angler’ features Stacy Martin as the young Joe, next to her friend B (Sophie Kennedy Clark) looking to seduce a pair of boys (including James Northcote, from Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights”) on a train. What it would look like in a novel:
Or on the silver screen:
Shia Labeouf said in August 2012 that “The movie is what you think it is. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening. … [V]on Trier’s dangerous. He scares me. And I’m only going to work now when I’m terrified.”