'Nymphomaniac' U.S. Release Dates Announced

Dec 5, 2013 2:45 PM PST

NEW YORK — Magnolia Pictures announced today the U.S. release dates for Lars von Trier’s forthcoming sexual epic “Nymphomaniac,”, which will be released as two full-length feature films.

“Nymphomaniac: Part One” will open in theaters on March 21 and will be available on demand March 6. “Nymphomaniac: Part Two” will open in theaters on April 18 and will be available on demand April 3.

The first installment presents the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood

“Part One” also features appearances by Hollywood A-listers Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier.

The second film picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood and stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin and LaBeouf.

“Nymphomaniac” mark von Trier’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed film, “Melancholia” and his third consecutive collaboration with his regular muse, Gainsbourg.  

As widely reported, the films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film.

After von Trier's experience at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where he was harshly criticized for comments he made at the “Melancholia” press conference, he has vowed to “cease doing press on behalf of his films and let them speak for themselves.”

Both installments of “Nymphomaniac” will have their international debut in Denmark on Christmas Day.

Watch the first NSFW trailer here: http://vimeo.com/80071592.

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