Germany: Magnolia Pictures has confirmed that they have purchased the US
rights to Danish director Lars von Trier's
NYMPHOMANIAC after viewing a
screening promo based on material from the film's first part. Magnolia
President Eamonn Bowles said, "“After the tremendous and never predictable experience of distributing
"Melancholia", we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Mr. von
Trier again. He’s such an exciting and talented filmmaker. It’s an honor and
a thrill to be associated with his world”.
Two stills were recently released.
The first shows Charlotte Gainsbourg lying prostrate in an alley and in
the second one, Von Trier's favorite actress is flanked by two
half-naked black men. An interesting threesome....
The film had long been rumored to
premiere this spring at the Cannes Film Festival, which could have
potentially marked the director’s first appearance at the festival for
two years. Von Trier came under fire for comments he made at a Cannes
press conference in 2011, during which he claimed to be sympathetic
towards Hitler. He was later banned by the festival’s board of
directors, and he has not returned since. But according to Peter Aalbæk
Jensen, the managing director of Zentropa Films, the Cannes controversy
had nothing to do with the choice to withhold the film. Instead, Jensen
explained, the film’s 268-page script and 100 hours of footage have not
left the filmmaker and his team with enough time to prepare for a
premiere at Cannes.
“We commissioned four editors to work on the film to be ready for
Cannes, but we had to abandon it,” Jensen told French television network
TF1. “The work would’ve been distorted had we wanted to finish it for
Cannes at all costs.” The rough cut of the film, Jensen told the
Hollywood Reporter, was seven and a half hours long. “It’s almost enough
for three films, and it’s all good,” he said. “I don’t know what we’ll
cut.” Von Trier is understood to be considering at least splitting the
film into two full-length parts, both in hard and soft-core versions.
Gustaf's Norwegian film, "Kon-tiki" could be picking up this
year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Though several cast members
will be in Hollywood for the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Gustaf told
Aftonbladet that he will be home re-decorating his apartment. His
co-star Pål Sverre Hagen is now filming with Gustaf's dad in
KRAFTIDIOTEN. Stellan comments, "I hope they ("Kon-tiki" team) win.
First and foremost, Pål Sverre is a fantastic actor. This is the first
time I've worked with him. My son Gustaf has talked very warmly about
him." Here's the cast of Stellan's newest Norwegian film along with some
new on-location photos.
on HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
begins in Vancouver in late March and is scheduled to go until April
20. The film stars Britain’s Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and
Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher) as well as Swedish actor Stellan
Skarsgård and his The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo co-star,
Toronto-born Christopher Plummer. Pegg plays a psychiatrist
traveling around the globe in search of the secret to happiness in
the movie based on the Francois Lelord novel of the same name.
recent days Stellan has been having fun driving a snowplow and wrecking
cars during the filming of KRAFTIDIOTEN. He describes the
landscape as beautiful but also cold. It's not the first time Hans
Petter Moland has dragged him into frigid and isolated Norwegian
locations. Stellan points out that his trainer, Odd Arne Rødningen, is
"the right man for the job because he's been driving snow vehicles over
Valdresflya since he was 16 years old." Rødningen smiles and says, "He
is starting to get the hang of it now."
have some more updates on Stellan's current film project in Norway. The
synopsis for KRAFTIDIOTEN reads, "Nils lives in Beitostølen, is
married to Gudrun and has a son named Ingvar, who has just begun
studying at BI in Oslo. He is a happy man at 45 years old, a snow plow
driver, responsible for keeping the county road over Valdresflya free of
snow. He has recently been selected Citizen of the Year in Beitostolen
and is looking forward to retirement and grandchildren and living a
carefree life until the day he receives a phone call that his son has
died of an overdose. Grief over the loss of his son turns into darkness
and revenge, and suddenly Nils is in the middle of a drug war in which
the Count and his men are fighting against Serbian mafia. The beautiful
and peaceful winter paradise of Beitostølen is transformed into a fiery
war zone. Will Nils be ready to clear out of the mess he has gotten
tangled in? Will the Citizen of the Year in Beitostølen ever plow the
road over the mountains again?"
Other cast members include
Peter Andersson, German actor
Bruno Ganz and Norwegian actor
Pål Sverre Hagen.
The film's tone is said to resemble "A Somewhat Gentle Man", which
vascillated between violence and burlesque humor. The character Stellan
plays is described as a quiet and kind man who is transformed into an
avengeful father. Current shooting is taking place in locations around
Valdres between Bergen and Olso with filming terminating in Oslo.
Nordisk Film Distribusjon will release domestically next winter;
Denmark’s TrustNordisk handles international sales.
what's happening with the Skarsgård
women? Well, last September Nyheter24 did a brief interview with
Stellan's only daughter, 21-year-old Eija.
I don't know what happened to her modeling career but she's presently a
manager at a nightclub called Vardagsrummet (Living Room) in Stockholm.
Her comments on how she would describe a good party went like this
-"Where there are beautiful happy people who like to hug and dance. Not
parties where people stand in the corner sipping their drinks. I love to
dance and get sweaty and have the speakers pump out hip hop." With her
mother's bout with alcoholism, we hope pretty Eija watches herself at
Ex-wife My Skarsgård,
is immersed in good works since publicizing her battle with alcoholism
(see 9/27/12 update). Not only is she a drug and alcohol therapist
today, but also an ambassador for SOS Mission (Uppdraget). Last fall she
joined five other ambassadors on a trip to Ghana to create health
awareness for mothers and children and to recruit new sponsors for their
campaign. Admirable charity work! And don't you love the photo of Alex
and his mom?
And here's a find! Two wonderful
old photos of My and Stellan, one on their wedding day.
Sometimes you have to be a good
detective to unravel new film projects in Scandinavia. Apparently,
Stellan is presently at work on a fourth collaboration with Norwegian
director Hans Petter Moland. The latest film has the working
title of KRAFTIDIOTEN (The Prize Idiot), which is being financed
by the European co-production fund Eurimages and by grants from the NFI.
Producers are Stein B. Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum. The budget is around 30
million kroners. Online photos have surfaced of Stellan in
Beitostølen, a small mountain
village in Øystre Slidre, Norway, where filming has
begun. It is largely a tourist area with cabins
and hotels, offering lift skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country
skiing. The story was developed by Moland, Find Gjerdrum and Danish
author Kim Fupz Aakeson, who also wrote the script for "A Somewhat
Gentle Man". The storyline concerns a snowplower named Nils and
his son and a gang shooting between the Albanian mafia and established
drug traffickers in eastern Norway. The film, Moland's second
venture with Paradox Films, is expected to be released in February 2014. Marketing manager Jan Petter
Dickman is optimistic about its success. He says, "We think this is a
film that will do well in Norway among both young people and adults.
Eventually it will be featured abroad, in particular, in the German and
Danish markets." He hopes the huge snowy landscapes will emerge as
exotic to most of the world, and that the film may prove popular far
beyond Norway's borders. Here are a few photos of Stellan hanging out at
the Steak & Bones restaurant in Beitostølen.
week France 2 television aired two 90-minute episodes of the
starring Stellan and Joaquim de Almeida.
Reviews were mostly favorable
for the adaption of the Jean-Christophe Rufin bestseller, which
tells the story of the brief French colonization of Brazil. Paris Match
gave high marks and Le Parisien referred to the production as
"exciting". La Croix shared the same enthusiasm with this comment -
"When you know the difficulty of mounting international co-productions,
you can only applaud the quality of this two-part miniseries." They
particularly admired Stellan's acting and Sagamore Stévenin's. Other
critiques included giving praise to the movie's "grandiose" score,
written by Oscar-winning music composer, Gustavo Santaolalla.
A less than stellar review came
from Le Nouvel Observateur, which described the series as "disappointing
despite the splendid scenery." The French newspaper took the stance that
a film could not possibly capture the richness of the book. That could
be said for any grand novel over 500 pages! So what did the author think
of the production? He loved it! Jean-Christophe Rufin had often been
asked by producers to adapt his work but he was always skeptical until
he was approached by Nicolas Traube. After viewing the film, Rufin said
he was very happy, admiring the skill and determination it took to tell
this epic despite considerable difficulties. In an interview with Le
Figaro, he said: "I was pleasantly surprised that most of the drama of
the novel was there. Both the historical and fictional parts have been