Melancholia

Feauture Film | DNK, DE, SWE 2011 | 136' | Subtitles

The end of the world has never looked more artistically refined. Lars von Trier begins MELANCHOLIA with an eight-minute prelude consisting of a series of nightmarish, yet bizarrely beautiful tableaus depicting moments of almost arrested motion. This is a furious preview of the ultimate minutes of the film, when the planet Melancholia will collide with Earth. However, before the apocalypse arrives, a wedding celebration comes undone in an amusing way: the bride (Kirsten Dunst) feels depressed, her mother (Charlotte Rampling) resorts to abusive language, and the wedding planner (Udo Kier) suffers a nervous breakdown – all the while Melancholia is looming brightly in the night sky above the revelers. Variety aptly notes that Lars von Trier’s new film is »blending grand-scale Hollywood effects with intimate, femme-focused melodrama. Think THE CELEBRATION meets ARMAGEDDON.« Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her courageous performance as the bride.

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Director & Script
Lars von Trier
Photography
Manuel Alberto Claro
Editor
Molly M. Stensgaard, Morten Højbjerg
Music & Sound:
Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Production Design
Jette Lehmann
Casting
Des Hamilton
Principal Cast
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland
Producers
Bettina Brokemper, Rémi Burah, Madeleine Ekman, Tomas Eskilsson, Meta Louise Foldager, Lars Jönsson, Marianne Slot, Louise Vesth
Executive Producers
Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Peter Garde
Production
Zentropa Entertainments

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Selected filmography Lars von Trier

EUROPA (1991), BREAKING THE WAVES (1996), THE IDIOTS (1998), DANCER IN THE DARK (2000), DOGVILLE (2003), MANDERLAY (2005), ANTICHRIST (2009)