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Trailer for Lars Von Trier's MELANCHOLIA!

Published at: April 8, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

Nordling here.

As Lars Von Trier's ANTICHRIST was his riff on horror films, MELANCHOLIA looks to be his end-of-the-world science fiction film.  As always with him, the movie will be about more than just the regular tropes of the genre.  It would be just like Von Trier to have a wedding interrupted by a giant planet smashing into the Earth.  MELANCHOLIA stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and John Hurt.

MELANCHOLIA opens in Cannes, and will be released in North America by Magnolia Pictures later in the year.  Knowing how Fantastic Fest reacted to ANTICHRIST, I'd be surprised if this didn't wind up playing.  Nordling, out.

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  • April 8, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    No bloody handjob in this one?

    by Cobb05

  • April 8, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    DOES KIRSTEN DUNST CUT OFF HER CUNT?

    by GrapeFruit

  • PS: Are Kristen Dunst's breasts that plump? Hmm...

  • April 8, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Prometheus better be this DARK, WEIRD, and COOL.

    by Darth_Kong

  • April 8, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Did anyone else notice

    by Raggles Wimpole

    That some segments of the look like they're running backwards?

  • April 8, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    kiefer needs to stop devoicing

    by mynamesdan

    i want to hear him singing in his next role. I want kiefer on sesame street. i want him to go back to his comedy roots. I want keifer sutherland to at least clear his throat before they shout 'action'.

  • April 8, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Yes!

    by Sanyi

    Looks GREAT! I love depressing movies and Trier is one of my favourite directors. Count me in.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    HOT HAIL

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    IT'S MING HE'S BACK WHO WILL SAVE EVERY ONE OF US FROM THIS PERFUME COMMERCIAL DISGUISED AS A MOVIE?!?

  • April 8, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    dunst in a movie called melancholia is lmao genius.

    by vulturess

    cant wait to see this. it looks awsum. cant believe von trier is using fx!

  • April 8, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Melons Call Ya

    by Bobo_Vision

  • April 8, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    It's the rogue planet Pretencia!

    by cookylamoo

    Thank god the poor got into a spaceship and only the boring rich are left behind.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I swear Lars....

    by notcher

    Hates movies. I mean, his films ooze contempt for their audiences. Although it sometimes leads to being interesting. But come on Lars, get laid and smile, JESUS!!!

  • April 8, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I was glad I saw AntiChrist.

    by V'Shael

    It was a horrible movie in many ways and I'd never recommend it to anyone. But I was glad I saw it and glad it was made. Every once in a while, it's good that a movie can shake you to your core. The last movie to do that before AntiChrist was Irreversible.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    So, this like an arthouse version of a Roland Emmerich movie, right?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    I doubt we'll see a lot of TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION!, though. The movie probably ends right before the other planet collides with our planet.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Nordling, I hope you realize...

    by Mozzerino

    ...that you spelled the movie's title wrong twice in two different ways in the article. Too lazy to proofread?

  • April 8, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to the remake of "When World's Collide

    by cookylamoo

  • April 8, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Oh, gee! A movie about rich, boring, white people moping about!

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    How original! Man, Von Trier is a tired filmmaker.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Von Triers Should Try His Hand At A Light Hearted Romantic Comedy

    by NeonFrisbee

    You know, just to keep people on their toes.

  • Unless that was a body double.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I see why they call em "teasers"

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

  • April 8, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    REALLY? THEY EXPECT PEOPLE TO PAY MONEY TO WATCH THAT?

    by BringingSexyBack

  • April 8, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    BSB....Yes

    by DangerDave

    Because tits and Kiefer put hot asses in the seat.

  • April 8, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I fully expect people to fly off the surface of the Earth rapture-like

    by quicksilver80

    I mean, a huge ass planet like that must have one hell of a gravity pull...

  • April 8, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Now THIS looks good. REALLY good.

    by Fawst

    That shot of Dunst with the electro-static whateverthefuckitwas was horrifying and beautiful at the same time. This is my kind of Sci Fi, for sure. Damn... can this come out TODAY?

  • April 8, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I'm glad the characters are so bourgeois.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    So I don't have to feel sorry for anyone when they all die!

  • April 8, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    This looks boring and awesome at the same time!

    by HopkinsBalls

  • April 8, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    To those complaining about these folks being rich, white, etc.

    by spacehog

    If this were Emmerich or Bay or some expected action-film director, I'd share your disdain. But guys, you KNOW Von Trier is not going to treat these people well. If you hate rich white people, this is your chance to see them fed through a meat grinder feet-first--first metaphorically, and then quite possibly literally. Personally I'm hoping this is some kind of Bridezilla farce and Dunst ends up committing horrible atrocities against her guests because this whole planetary collision thing is ruining her perfect wedding.

  • April 8, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    What the hell was that about..?

    by D o o d

    as far as I can tell it was tits and planets!

  • April 8, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Dunst

    by Yarlan Zey

    I've wanted to see her both naked and suicidal ever since her turn as a cheerleading teenie in 1999s hit film Bring It On! Whats with her strange British accent? Of course, another planet hiding behind the sun is a silly idea, but then reality isn't necessarily the point, is it? Damn you Ming the Merciless! Dammmmmn you!!!!

  • April 8, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    What if I hate rich black people?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I guess it's ok to hate rich whites but to hate rich blacks its racist. Then again, you don't see a lot of rich blacks. But I hate them because they spend their money on gold trees for their lawn or put up statues of themselves holding money.

  • April 8, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    nice

    by ufoclub1977

    I can't wait to see it.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I hate Dunst, but

    by Tristan

    this looks fucking great. Von Trier is one of the best directors alive. Pretentious? Yep, I love pretentious. Kinda gels with the Tree of Life trailer too.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I agree, hopkinsballs!!!

    by schizoschizo

    Also, my penis was both flaccid and hard during those Dunst nude shots.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    more proof kirsten dunst is billy corgan

    by zom-bot.com

    smashing pumpkins had an album called Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    And cue the racist white guy angry that white ppl are dissing white ppl

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    "Gold trees on their front lawn"? Very racist. You must be proud of yourself. It must feel good say things online you can't say on the street.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    MELANCHOLERA

    by zom-bot.com

    that would be a good movie. highly infectious, deadly depression.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Awesome! Actual cinematography!

    by golden tribw

    Usually I go to the cinema and get pop-culture references and fart jokes! This looks incredible.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I feel bad for the morons saying negative things about this

    by golden tribw

    Obviously you prefer bullshit to art

  • April 8, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I love the atmosphere in his trailers...

    by Johnno

    I haven't seen Antichrist... I don't want to see those particular scenes everyone hates, but I honestly wouldnt mind a censored version of the film. This trailer looks awesome!

  • April 8, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Nudity

    by FoeGhastly

    Shocked there isn't more mention of the nudity in this trailer.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    To be fair, goldentribe

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    We shouldn't go calling an unseen film "art." That's about as bad as calling an unseen film "crap." The trailer isn't conclusive proof either way.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Anti christ didn't shake me to my core

    by OliverCrane

    But that could have been because I had just seen Martyrs and was feeling a trifle desensitized to brutal violence and pitch black nihilism. Love the hallucinatory, epic vibe to the trailer, similar in a way to tree of life

  • April 8, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Beauty

    by Craig Duffy

    I like that Lars' films have become more "traditionally" beautiful over the years. He no longer has to rely upon devices like having no sets to generate the Brechtian alienation he desires. He can now simply achieve it by contrasting a "beautiful" image with "ugly" subject matter. http://cinemanerds.blogspot.com/

  • April 8, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    kirsten dunst is underrated

    by gaygoonie

    Have you goons seen her work in All Good Things? She's great. Really understated. And this is the same girl who rocked in Interview with a Vampire, Bring it On and Virgin Suicides. She's got a free pass for me for life.

  • I'm gettin' the heebie-jeebies again just thinking about it.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Everybody gon die!

    by GimpInMyPants

    Van Trier is gonna ruin these people. The end of the movie at the typical theater will conclude with mass suicide right in the seats.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    jumpinjehosaphat, we can call it art

    by GimpInMyPants

    Whether it's good art or bad art is in question until we watch the movie.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    zombot

    by frank

    There is an uncanny resemblance between Corgan and Dunst. I have noted this before.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Dancer in the Dark was like tragedy porn

    by frank

    Totally gratuitous terrible things happening to Bjork. I hated it. The soundtrack was cool though. Haven’t seen Antichrist, but it doesn’t sound like I would want to.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    although "Excalibur" owns that Wagner music...

    by ufoclub1977

    When I hear it now I can't help but think of it's use in "Excalibur". I remember listening to a performance of that music a lot on a little cassette tape back in 1983.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    To be EVEN MORE FAIR, jumpinjehosaphat

    by golden tribw

    I did not say this film is art. I did not even say it APPEARS TO BE art (though I think it does). I said the people bitching about this trailer obviously prefer bullshit to art; because if you watch a trailer like this and immediately complain you are not even open to the overt possibility that this is a beautifully shot, out-of-the-ordinary film. I stand by my words.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Crossing Fingers for more Talking Foxes

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Maybe a chicken running around screaming "the sky is falling!". Man, Anti-Christ has a horrible boring movie.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    goldentribe

    by weed4504

    I have very little desire to see this and I love art films. Lars Van Trier just does nothing for me as a filmmaker. I don't care how good the movies look. I respect that he is making films he wants to make and I respect the amount of work he is capable to get his actors to do, but the films always end up leaving me angry and hating him for some reason. That said, I'll still probably end up watching this at some point, just to be a part of the conversation. I suppose this also depends on what your definition of bullshit is too. I'd rather watch Super 8 over this. I'd also rather watch Tree of Life over this. It is possible to love silly popcorn films and love crazy experimental films too and I really hate when people seem to believe if you like one you can't like the other.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Kirsten Dunst CGI Breasts

    by Yarlan Zey

    Her breasts are not this plump my friends. No, in reality they sag like fried eggs. I heard Kirsten Dunst was in the loony bin from depression. Did she realize this before or after filming Melancholia? The best thing this gorgeous film will do it play in a few cinemas and add to Mr. Skin's web page.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Kiefer telling stories about Stand By Me

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    the Jerry O Connell one is great. He tied his babysitter up Goonies style, fled the house, went to the county fair, ate pot cookies and they found him crying in the woods

  • April 8, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    The end of all life

    by shran

    couldn't come soon enough to shut those people up.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Crash of the Moons!

    by MJDeViant

    Stop it Rocky and Winky!!!!!

  • Makes more sense.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    G and G

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    gimpinmypants, you are needlessly pedantic here, but correct. goldentribe, your intention came through loud and clear via the magic of context. You claim to stand by your words, but then cheapen their meaning by saying that you didn't say something that you clearly intended. It's okay to stand behind the trailer and claim those who don't like it prefer bullshit instead, if that's what you believe. Stand by your meaning, not the words themselves. It makes you sound like a politician to do otherwise.

  • I like tired-looking women.

  • April 8, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    gimpinmypants was not needlessly pedantic

    by frank

    He makes an important point. I hate it when people misuse the term ‘art.’ Every film is art, just not necessarily high art or quality art.

  • April 8, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    statue1

    by oisin5199

    you have heard of a movie called The Virgin Suicides, right?

  • Even if his films give me that queasy feeling that borders on revulsion, like a moth to the flame, I'm drawn back every time. I wanna see this.

  • April 8, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The trailer alone...

    by eXcommunicated

    ...nearly induced suicide.

  • April 8, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Fuck me ....

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    At the end is Earth the smaller planet or the HUGE one??? ...... If this thing approaches from behind the Sun and gets closer then towards the end surely we would all freeze to death before it had a chance to hit? .... Most of the time it would be blocking the Sun?? ........ SO many questions, that looks fucking awesome.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I want a gold tree on my front lawn!

    by ReportAbuse

    I mean who wouldn't! And I'm white for fuck's sake.

  • April 8, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Ginge_Mupplet you idiot

    by Yarlan Zey

    You fool, do you not know your own home planet when you see it? Do you not recognize the continents? My guess is you are a silly child. Do you know nothing of cinema? Out planet is the smaller one at the end. The mysterious planet that has been "hiding behind the sun" is the larger one approaching it. Yes, another planet in such close proximity would wreak havoc with the earth. Every tide would be like a tsunami for example do to the extra gravity.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    statue1 : you FUCKING idiot ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Watched the trailer on a phone, so excuse me all the way to fuck if I missed a few details! ... Now if you would kindly forward me your address we can arrange a time for me to come to your house and you can see I'm far from a "silly child" as I batter your head against the front gate. Fucking little cretin.

  • April 9, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    I can't wait for Bruce Willis to come and save the day

    by edaday

    And then get anally raped. I'm so in for this. There are some equals, but I can't think of a better film than Breaking the Waves.

  • April 9, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    looking forward to this one

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    the guy makes interesting movies if nothing else

  • April 9, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Ginge_Muppet do not subject yourself to my wrath

    by Yarlan Zey

    Indeed you are a silly child, son. Become hostile with me, boy, and you will find Lars Von Trier's most evil film a pleasant experience.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Viggeo-morgenstein

    by Yarlan Zey

    Stay out of this Viggeo - I saw your retarded ideas regarding Batman so I know that you have neither credibility nor intelligence. Mind your own business before I slap you down, boy.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    lol @ Viggeo ...

    by livrule

    Just another internet faggot ... admit it son, you are about 5.5' and live with your parents ... scared of the dark? ... What a cunt.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    And Statue1 ....

    by livrule

    I'm impressed ..... you come across as an even bigger cunt ..... "slap you down" lol ... you just KNOW in reality you would cry in a confrontation ...

  • April 9, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    "Become hostile with me, boy"

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    OH, this I have got to fucking see!! ........ I await your "wrath" ....

  • April 9, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    "when worlds collide" for grown ups

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    nice to see someone is still making movies for adults... that aren't stupid or boring - we need more like this and "tree of life"

  • April 9, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Lars offers surprises

    by smudgewhat

    With so many movies being so painfully obvious I am glad for filmmakers like Lars even when they don't fully succeed. B/c at least they're not just towing the line, milking the cow, fucking the dead horse, dial a cliche. I still don't know what I think about "Antichrist." it's a nasty piece of work but with its own sense of integrity. "Dogville" has dark power too, though it drags. Also, mocking Dunst for having emotional problems is like blaming humans for having feelings. Or fingers. It's lame.

  • Von Trier is the worst filmmaker alive today. No it's not that his films split opinions...it's just that itself is ALL his films are about. They're embarrassingly pretentious and silly. I pity any fucking moron who thinks Dogville was anything more than a masturbatory lump that deserves derision.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I feel the same way about VonTier as asshole lives feels about JJ

    by quantize

    Except that I'm right, and he's an idiot.