The two-part film is set to be released in the UK later this month, before arriving in the coming weeks in the US. Whilst Magnolia will be staggering its release across the Atlantic, Artificial Eye have opted for releasing the two volumes on the same day.
And to sweeten the deal, they’ve also announced that they will be broadcasting the two volumes back-to-back on our shores for one day only on the day of release, in a special event hosted by the ever-brilliant Edith Bowman, that will include live cast interviews on stage following the films.
NYMPHOMANIAC is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe. On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman, finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi-faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
Charlotte Gainsbourg reunites with von Trier in the lead here, starring alongside Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier, Michaël Pas, Jean-Marc Barr, and Nicolas Bro.
Von Trier directs from his own script, with past collaborator Louise Vesth (Melancholia) producing.
Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II will be released on 22nd February in the UK, kicking things off with a special back-to-back screening that day which will be broadcast live to cinemas nationwide. In the US, Volume I will be released via VOD on March 6th and in theatres on March 21st, with Volume II released via VOD on March 20th and in theatres on April 4th. In the meantime, here’s the (NSFW) trailer announcing the one-day event for our shores.