Tuesday, 23 June 2009

'Lars von Triers' Antichrist released uncut...'

A film described as 'an abomination' which features scenes of torture and pornography is to be shown in its entirety when it is released in cinemas next month.

Antichrist, which includes graphic unsimulated sex and a scene of genital self-mutilation, has been authorised for release with no cuts by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

The decision to allow the film a release with even the most explicit scenes included has proven controversial.

Directed by Lars von Trier, the cult Danish film maker, and starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the film depicts a couple grieving for the loss of their son, who falls to his death from a window while they are having sex.

They retreat to the countryside in order to recuperate, but Gainsbourg's character becomes increasingly unstable and determined to take revenge on her husband for the tragedy.

... At a press conference after the screening, the Danish director refused to answer questions about why he had chosen to make such a film.

"I don’t think I have to justify it. I can’t justify myself. I make films and I enjoyed making this very much. I think it’s a very strange question. I don’t think I owe anyone an explanation. I never had a choice – it’s the hand of God, I’m afraid."'

More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/5586289/Controversial-Antichrist-film-with-uncut-scenes-of-torture-and-pornography.html

1 comment:

Therese said...

Scary quote from the film-maker.

Some further details about him:

The director says that he shot the film as a form of therapy after recovering from a serious mental illness. Indeed, a few years ago, it was questionable whether von Trier, who is famously multi-phobic, would be able to make another film.

In the winter of 2006, he fell victim to depression and checked into hospital, the aftermath of which left him "like a blank sheet of paper," he told Danish paper Politiken at the time.

Today, if not fully recovered -- the most terrifying thing he can think of is still "myself" -- he is able to function once more and is receiving cognitive behavioral therapy to help him face up to his psychological issues.

The lead actress, who plays the character who cuts off her clitoris, is Charlotte Gainsbourg, who received an award at Cannes for the role. As CNN puts it: Gainsbourg crowned in Cannes for 'Antichrist' shocker

The London-born Gainsbourg caught public attention aged 15 with the provocative song duet "Lemon Incest" -- for which she and her father snuggled up in a king-sized bed to shoot the video.

She made her first mark in film two years earlier in "L'Effrontee" and worked for a string of French directors in the 1980s and 1990s, but was often typecast in fragile, androgynous roles.

Her big international break came with the 2001 hit comedy, "My Wife Is An Actress" ...