class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-33873″ title=”Lars Von Trier” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”214″ height=”150″ />With the fallout from Antichrist ebbing away into cinematic folk-lore,  director Lars Von Trier is beginning work on his next film, Melancholia, and at a recent press conference he opened up a little on the project.

The film has been called a psychological horror film and deals with a planet looming towards the Earth and its effect on the global population. Von Trier regulars John Hurt, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Gainsbourg return to populate this doomed world along with newbies Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Skarsgård junior, Alexander.

Dear Cinema have a nice report on the moment when Von Trier met the Swedish press earlier this week and ofers a few updates on the specifics of the plot, in a vague and slightly mocking tone of course. Dunst’s character will apparently marry the younger Skarsgård ‘but only for a few days’ and Von Trier promises ‘no more happy endings’ which sounds like a nasty joke, or it could mean, if a twisted logic is applied, that everything turns out just peachy and we can expect hugs and puppies just before the credits roll.

Much has been made of the quote from Dunst, which was translated as something like ‘There’s poetry in the way he [Von Trier] tortures women’, but aside from the inevitable tidal wave of misplaced criticism, let’s assume that Dunst was commenting on her director’s poetic, visual style. Certainly Melancholia will be unlike any other sci-fi disaster epic we’ve seen for a while – maybe this one will play well in a double bill with Alex Proyas’ Knowing?

I’m very keen to see how Sutherland and Dunst fare under the wing of one of cinema’s unique voices, you can bet this end of the world will be unlike any we’ve seen before.