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Magnolia Pictures has unveiled its U.S. release plans for Lars von Trier‘s hotly anticipated two-part sex epic Nymphomaniac, with the first of the two feature-length films hitting select U.S. theaters March 21, 2014, and the second part bowing on April 18. ?Magnolia will premiere both films first via video-on-demand, with Nymphomaniac: Part One premiering in the U.S. on March 6 and Part Two on April 3.
Together, the four-and-a-half-hour cinema event tracks the life story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who, badly beaten, is taken in by the older bachelor Seligmann (Stellan Skarsgard). She proceeds to tell him the erotic story of her life. Nymphomaniac: Part One also stars Stacy Martin as the younger Joe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier.
Nymphomaniac: Part Two, which focuses on Joe’s adulthood, co-stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr.
Both films will have their world premiere in Denmark on Christmas Day, where they will be released simultaneously. But, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Nymphomaniac producer Louise Vesth said most international distributors will be following Magnolia’s lead in staggering the release of the two films.
“Unless it’s the holiday season, I don’t think people will have the time to take four-and-a-half-hours off to watch both movies back-to-back,” she said.
The version of Nymphomaniac that will go out theatrically includes graphic depictions of sexuality “right up against the censorship limits, maybe just over them,” according to Vesth.
Danish producers Zentropa have said international distributors will be able to blur certain images in the film should some scenes cross too far over that line.
A longer, five-and-a-half-hour director’s cut of Nymphomaniac, which includes even more graphic sex, will have a festival run sometime next year, with many expecting the marathon version to turn up at a special screening in Cannes.
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