Lars von Trier Could Direct a Film Titled 'The Nymphomaniac' Next
by Alex Billington
March 24, 2011
Have we got your attention? It's that title that is exactly what's helping controversial Danish director Lars von Trier get one his next projects funded. The Playlist reports from ScreenDaily (paying subscribers only) that Lars von Trier is considering directing a film called The Nymphomaniac following his latest project Melancholia, which is expected to premiere at Cannes. "Two titles that I put to my business partner… One was The Nymphomaniac, the other was Dirt in Bedsores. I asked him which one he thought was the most commercial. He said that with a title like The Nymphomaniac, the film would already be financed." Whoa.
To be frank, it's sad that he's making choices based on the commercial value of a title, but I guess that's how you have to work when it comes to financing films these days. So what the heck is The Nymphomaniac even about - besides, obviously, a nymphomaniac (and no - the lead role has not been cast yet)? "I'm thinking of making a film about a woman's erotic birth, a woman who discovers her eroticism. The working title is The Nymphomaniac," von Trier said. I still don't know what exactly that means for the plot of the film. To me, it sounds like this will be half pornographic no matter what, so I'm sure the story doesn't even matter. Though with von Trier, we can always except to see something very different and very unique.
As is obvious from his quotes, von Trier isn't 100% dead set on directing this next, plus he doesn't even have financing yet, but it's an intriguing enough story to at least write about it for now. Plus maybe this kind of coverage will help it get the funding, for better or worse. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing von Trier's Melancholia in Cannes this summer. "As von Trier elaborated last fall, the film will open with the Earth getting crushed and then presumably flash back to how it happened." I was at the infamous very first screening of Antichrist in Cannes a few years ago and I wouldn't dare miss his latest premiere this summer.