The film is still at the script stage, with von Trier penning the script himself, and is to be divided into eight chapters. Specific plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it is known that it will be an explicit exploration of a woman’s erotic life, and so there are two versions that are planned to be released – a softcore cut for mainstrea release, alongside a hardcore one.
Two of von Trier’s other past collaborators, Stellan Skarsgård (Melancholia) and Willem Dafoe (Antichrist), are also thought to have been approached by the director, and given the nature of the brief plot description we have so far, we could be in for another controversial von Trier film.
Gainsbourg won the Best Actress award at Cannes for Antichrist two years ago, and was absolutely brilliant opposite Kirsten Dunst – who won the same award for Melancholia this year – in von Trier’s Melancholia. If you missed it in its brief run in UK cinemas this September, I highly recommend picking it up when it hits the shelves on DVD/Blu-Ray on 23rd January.
Von Trier and Gainsbourg have clearly got a great track record with the director’s last two films, so news that she’ll be returning to work for him for The Nymphomaniac sounds excellent to me. Artificial Eye have already pre-bought the rights to distribute the film in the UK, which is also brilliant news, so though the film’s still in the scripting stage, we shouldn’t have any concerns about it not reaching our shores whenever its release comes. More on this as we get it.