IFC Picks Up Lars von Trier's Controversial Film Antichrist
by Alex Billington
May 20, 2009
Did all the heated controversy surrounding the first reviews of Lars von Trier's Antichrist make any of you actually want to see the film? If so, then good news, as IFC has picked up the US distribution rights to Antichrist, and will be bringing it to theaters (hopefully?) sometime later this year. The only problem is that von Trier's crazy new film borders on the edge of being NC-17. Actually, it pretty much is straight up NC-17, so I don't exactly know how IFC is going to handle its release and/or if they're going to just put it out as an NC-17 film straight-up (kind of like Ang Lee's Lust Caution from a few years ago). Read on for more.
"Since it premiered at Cannes on Monday, we haven't been able to stop talking or thinking about Antichrist," IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said. I ran a positive review of the film, mainly because it's such a wild experience the likes of a Park Chan-wook film and I had a good time watching it and specifically cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle's gorgeous visuals. We'll be sure to let you know once IFC sets a release date for Antichrist and if it'll stay as NC-17 as it was here in Cannes. In other news, IFC also picked up Ken Loach's soccer comedy Looking for Eric, which played fairly well to critics here in Cannes.