One of the biggest arthouse films of the year
will be available in your living room first before you can see it on the
big screen. Thatís right, Lars Von TrierĎs
MELANCHOLIA will go digital on October 7th before getting a
limited theatrical release on November 11th. In the meantime, it will be
screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month
with screenings on September 10th and 17th. It comes as no surprise that
Stellan has accepted the lead role in von Trier's upcoming porn film
"The Nymphomaniac". Rather than resemble your traditional hardcore porn
film, it will be an artistic von Triersk interpretation of the essence
of erotism. The story focuses on a woman's life from birth until
the age of 50 and the plan is to start production next summer. According
to Stellan, von Trier called and said, "Stellan, my next movie is a porn
movie, and I want you to play the lead." However, shortly after, von
Trier added that there would be no intercourse scenes (though I'm sure
we'll see some of our star's private parts... as usual...). Dazed
Digital had a chance to interview Stellan regarding his working
relationship with the "Melancholia" director.
What is Lars Von
Trier like to work with on set?
SS: It's like playing. You feel extremely free and safe
and it's a kind of family
feeling you have when you work with Lars. It's kind of amazing. And he
doesn't say much. Usually he
doesn't say anything. You just start and maybe after a couple of takes,
he says can we try something
else, another attitude or another take on the scene, but not much. And
it's that freedom that he
gives the actors that brings so much life into it.
Did he talk about his inspirations for the film?
SS: He doesnít discuss really his sources. And you donít
need it as an actor. The
performance wouldnít be better if I know heís thinking of Tarkovsky. We
donít have those
discussions. Itís not a very intellectual process when you shoot with
him. Itís more faithful. It's
like kids playing, inventing things together.
What did you think when you first saw the film?
SS: I suspected a little when we were shooting, such as "Ah,
this is going to be pretty
beautiful, isnít it?" And I accused him of doing a too-sweet picture -
"Why are you
Antonioni-ing it?" He was worried about that himself, that it would
become too elegant, too
beautiful, too romantic. But I think it has this classical quality of a
sweet, beautiful sadness
that you find in some art.
Kirsten Dunst gives an impressive central performanceÖ
SS: I think Kirsten does something absolutely wonderful
in this film, and it's all in
her eyes. You could see it when she was acting on set. I knew she was
good but I didnít know she was
that good. Itís very subtle.
What do you make of the Von Trier controversy at the press conference in
SS: I think it's absolutely silly. Everyone knows that
he's not a Nazi. He was a Jew
until he was 33 years old. He got stuck in a joke that he couldn't get
out of and he forgot to have
a punch line and instead he kept on talking. People have a problem
differentiating words and the meaning of the words, that's the problem.
And I think we have bigger problems in the world than
Lars Von Trier's lies!
making of the film, did you
think about what you would do if faced with the end of the world?
SS: I donít knowÖ get on with my life to the last moments
and have as much fun as
The official web site has been launched for THE
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. This is a very highly anticipated film
and still very much shrouded in secrecy. Sony has revealed the 18 major
players in the film with a headshot and biography blurb for each
character. You can also watch the latest trailer with Trent Reznor and
Atticus Ross' score, their follow-up to "The Social Network's"
Oscar-winning work. Love the music!
Check it out here.
Fantasia International Film Festival, which runs from July 14 to August
7th, has screened
KONGEN AV BASTōY
(aka King of Devil's Island). According to festival reviews, Stellan is
without a doubt the only actor in the film known to North American
audiences, but despite the billing, he's certainly not the lead. He does
get a fair share of screen time as the warden. His performance is
brilliant as always, but the film belongs to Benjamin Helstad and
Kristoffer Joner. The film is quality all the way from the great
performances to the gorgeous location photography of the prison, located
near the fjords of Norway, to the richly effective score by Suzanne Bier
regular, Johan SŲderqvist. It's a must see for anyone who appreciates
truly stirring drama.
September 13th marks the date for the US
DVD release of THOR by Paramount Home Entertainment. Stellan stars alongside Chris
Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins in this comic book
adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film will be available on
DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. The Blu-ray sets include ď80 minutes of
immersive bonus materials including an exclusive special feature that
goes deeper into the Marvel Universe, a sneak peek into Marvelís The
Avengers, an unprecedented look inside the world of director Kenneth
Branagh and much more.Ē The list of extras is as follows: commentary by
director Kenneth Branagh,
Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant, featurettes, Road to the Avengers, 11
deleted scenes with optional commentary, and trailers.