Nympho­ma­niac ar­rives too late for Cannes

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REELNEWS -

Lars Von Trier’s peo­ple look to be play­ing crafty with the good folk at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. As you will re­call, in 2011, fol­low­ing un­for­tu­nate com­ments about Hitler, the event rather grandly de­clared the Dan­ish film-maker per­sona non grata.

Pun­dits weren’t really won­der­ing if they’d wel­come him back with his tan­ta­lis­ing new project, Nympho­ma­niac – there was never much chance that they’d re­ject such a high-pro­file movie.

To be re­leased in both an ex­plicit and a vanilla ver­sion, the film stars Char­lotte Gains­bourg as a mid­dle-aged woman who, yes, can’t quite get enough rumpy pumpy. Shia LaBoeuf, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier and Chris­tian Slater are also along for the (ahem) ride.

Peter Aal­bæk Jensen, the film’s pro­ducer, has de­fused the sit­u­a­tion by an­nounc­ing that they were try­ing to have the pic­ture ready for Cannes, but have de­cided the time frame is just too tight.

“Four edi­tors were work­ing around the clock to meet the Cannes dead­line, but we had to give it up – af­ter 268 script pages, 11 weeks of shoot­ing and with 100 hours of ma­te­rial, it would have been [a race] to fin­ish the two films in time for the fes­ti­val,” he said.

Jensen added: “There is ab­so­lutely no bad blood be­tween us.”

Mind you, one can’t en­tirely trust ef­fu­sions from the Von Trier camp. An ap­pear­ance at the bash in May is still not to­tally out of the ques­tion.

Von Trier dur­ing his last Cannes visit in 2011

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