Films

Melancholia

November 11th 2011
  • ,
  • R,
  • 136 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
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  • Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Kiefer Sutherland, Stefan Cromwell, Deborah Fronko, James Cagnard
  • Director: Lars von Trier
  • Writer: Lars von Trier
  • Producers: Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth
  • Co Producers: Bettina Brokemper, Rémi Burah, Madeleine Ekman, Tomas Eskilsson, Lars Jönsson, Marianne Slot
  • Executive Producers: Peter Garde, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
  • Art Direction: Simone Grau
  • Costume Design: Manon Rasmussen
  • D.O.P.: Manuel Alberto Claro
  • Editor: Molly Marlene Stensgaard
  • Makeup: Linda Boije af Gennäs
  • Production Design: Jette Lehmann

Storyline

Two sisters, Justine and Claire, are becoming increasingly more distant from each other. Newlywed Justine becomes melancholic, which makes her stay calm when Earth is threatened by a collision with another planet, while Claire on the other hand finds herself psychologically undermined by her growing fear and panic.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Trollhättan, Sweden
  • MPAA Warning: Some graphic nudity,sexual content and language
  • Production Budget: $7.4 million
  • Production Companies: Zentropa Entertainments, Memfis Film, Zentropa International Sweden, Slot Machine, Liberator Productions, Zentropa International Köln, Film i Väst, Danmarks Radio, arte France Cinéma, Sveriges Television, Canal+, Centre National du Cinéma et de L'imag
  • Production Schedule: 22 July 2010 - 6 September 2010

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Trivia

2011 Guide Analysis: "Danish director Lars von Trier's first effort since 2009's explicit "Antichrist" shocked the Cannes Film Festival and led to controversy, awards and divided critical reaction over its merit. While his earlier work like "Dogville," "Dancer in the Dark," "The Idiots" and "Breaking the Waves" made his reputation, Antichrist's graphic scenes of a penis ejaculating blood and a woman giving herself a cliterectomy have become infamous to the point of instantly putting his next few efforts under much closer scrutiny.

So now we have this USD$10 million international co-production with an impressive cast exploring the idea of how people cope with the end of the world. In fact, the whole film begins with the destruction of Earth (not by Vogons though) and jumps back to explore the relationship between two sisters before von Trier starts dialling up the apocalyptic themes. Kirsten Dunst is one of the sisters, the actress having beat out Penélope Cruz and Olga Kurylenko for the part.

Made with his usual directing style with no rehearsals and lots of improvisation, Trier says this will be his first film with an unhappy ending, something that he plans to continue for the forseeable future. A rough cut apparently screened the other week with some quick tweets indicating strong performances and a quite complex narrative. Due for release late May in Denmark, a Cannes premiere is certainly on the cards and it'll be one of the hottest tickets of the festival."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 May 2011: Czech Republic, Denmark
  • 27 May 2011: Norway, Poland, Sweden
  • 3 June 2011: Finland
  • 7 July 2011: Russia
  • 21 July 2011: Kazakhstan, Ukraine
  • 5 August 2011: Brazil
  • 10 August 2011: France
  • 12 August 2011: Estonia
  • 25 August 2011: Netherlands
  • 8 September 2011: Greece
  • 30 September 2011: Ireland, Romania, UK
  • 6 October 2011: Germany
  • 4 November 2011: Spain
  • 11 November 2011: Italy
  • 27 October 2011: Hungary
  • 1 December 2011: Portugal
  • 5 January 2012: Hong Kong