Lars von Trier Will Be Bringing Disaster to Planet Melancholia
by Ethan Anderton
October 9, 2009
Recently Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has been at the center of a lot of crazy buzz and controversy surrounding his newest film Antichrist, which has been criticized extensively for its misogynistic tones and emphasis on explicit sexual violence. Personally, I won't watch a film unless it has exorbitant amounts of both. Okay, that's a lie, but the truth is that von Trier doesn't seem to ever let criticism stop him as Variety announces that his next project will be Melancholia, a "psychological drama-cum-disaster movie" (doesn't that sound dirty in itself?). The only plot details known are that it's not an alien invasion movie.
The title refers to "Planet Melancholia, an enormous planet illustrated on the press release that looms threateningly close to Earth." Though the plot details are about as revealing as an Amish woman's dress (and we don't have an image of the planet from the press release), Lars von Trier made a very succinct and brief statement which gives us a bit of an idea of what we can expect: "No more happy endings!"
That's not surprising coming from the director of a film (Antichrist) that was given an "anti-award" at Cannes where it was referred to as "the most misogynist movie from the self-proclaimed biggest director in the world." Well isn't that special? All kidding aside, despite the excessive use graphic violence in his most recent film, von Trier seems to still have a fresh and original (though surely disturbing) palette of ideas for cinema. As soon as anymore details about Melancholia surface, we'll be sure to let you know. And in the meantime, if you're a fan of von Trier, you better go catch Antichrist before it disappears from theaters.