Lars Von Trier Is Going To Detroit


What does a guy do after making an explicit four-hour film about a woman’s complete sexual history? Move to Detroit, that’s what.

The always-interesting Nymphomaniac and Antichrist director Lars von Trier will pen a straightforward (insofar as von Trier can be straightforward) horror film tentatively called Detroit for fellow Danish director Kristian Levring. Levring’s newest film—entitled The Salvation that stars Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, and Jonathan Pryce—will premiere out of competition at Cannes this year and was produced by von Trier’s Zentropa.

Speaking to Danish magazine Soundvenue, Levring explained that the new project came about because the director kept pestering von Trier about it for years: “I’ve always thought that Lars would be able to do a fantastic horror movie, and I’ve told him so many times throughout the years, and in the end he said: ‘I want you to stop talking about it, so I’ll write it for you instead.'”

Von Trier is only a month into the writing process, but Levring elaborated by going on to say “It’s about a man fighting his inner demons,” and later that “It’s real horror. Of course, there is a psychological aspect, but it’s a real horror movie. That’s what we’re aiming for, at least.”

No word on whether that included genital mutilation or any more mystery planets crashing into earth.

Stay tuned to CriterionCast for more details. In the meantime, check out von Trier’s Breaking the Waves which was just released on Criterion last month, or watch his earlier films The Element of Crime and Europa on Criterion’s HuluPlus channel now.

Source: Indiewire

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