EFM 2012: Official Synopsis For Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
With Lars Von Trier gearing up to start on his provocatively titled next film - with rumblings that regular compatriots Stellan Skarsgaard and Charlotte Gainsbourgh will star - international sales agents Trust Nordisk are launching presales for Nymphomaniac at the European Film Market starting tomorrow. And that means they need to tell people what it's about.

NYMPHOMANIAC is the light 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 Seligman, an old bachelor, finds Joe semi‐unconscious and beaten up in an alleyway. After bringing her to his flat he sees to her wounds while trying to understand how things could have gone so wrong for her. He listens intently as she over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-‐out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
A project that first made it into the public eye when Von Trier joked about making a hardcore porn film during his now infamous, seemingly pro-Nazi press conference in Cannes it seems clear that calling this a porn film is hugely reductive. Time will tell, though, just how far Von Trier pushes the erotic angle.
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