Monday, April 11, 2011

Trailer: Melancholia

The trailer for Lars von Trier's highly anticipated follow-up to Antichrist, the apocalyptic sci-fi romance opus Melancholia, has finally emerged online and it's actually a lot different to what I've been expecting. I'm pretty sure the project was called Planet Melancholia at one stage, and if I remember correctly, there was some press about the film being set on another planet and von Trier stating that it would look like shit. Either I've misremembered or his script/vision has drastically changed over the past year, because it's nothing of the sort: Melancholia looks beautiful and opulent and very much set on Earth (or so it seems...). And how about that wack casting? Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård, John Hurt, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Rampling!! No sign of room-clearing shocks, but seeing that it's von Trier in melodrama mode, this ain't gonna be a walk in the park. Film Fest season couldn't come any sooner...

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