Lost in Previews: Melancholia

This is the first trailer for Melancholia.  The film is directed by Lars Von Trier, who caused quite a stir at Cannes when he made comments about Nazis and Hitler at a press conference.  There is video of the conference if you want to search for it.  One good thing did come out of Cannes.  Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress Award for Melancholia at Cannes.  The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier and Kiefer Sutherland.  It is kind of cool to see son and father Alexander and Stellan Skarsgård in a film together.  The trailer and the film gives off the same artistic quality that The Tree of Life gives off.  The trailer is a bit confusing, but it does involve the end of the world when the Earth collides with a planet called Melancholia.

“In this beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth… MELANCHOLIA is a psychological disaster film from director Lars von Trier.”

Melancholia is in theatres November 11, 2011.

by Sarah Ksiazek

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