First Clip from Lars Von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA

     May 11, 2011


What better way could there be to celebrate a Wednesday than by watching a deeply depressing clip from an upcoming movie? And what filmmaker could fuel that mid-week depression better than Lars Von Trier? The eccentric Danish Dogme founder will be making his regular appearance at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival this year with his latest feature Melancholia, and will inevitably cause a media shitstorm of controversy as he does every time he walks the Croisette.

Today a new clip from the appropriately titled Melancholia has found its way to the internet, depicting a tearful Kristen Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg discussing the evil nature of earth. It should give you a sense of the tone of Von Trier’s impending apocalyptic tale and darken the mood of the rest of your day in less than a minute. In other words, it’s vintage Von Trier. The film will premiere in Cannes later this month with plans for a November North American release from Magnolia Pictures (expect it to make the summer/fall film festival run first). Melancholia stars Dunst, Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, Stellan Skarsgard, and Udo Kier. Hit the jump to check out the clip.

Here’s that deeply depressing Melancholia clip to brighten up your day (via Vulture):

Now that you’ve been bummed out in 48 seconds, you might be wondering, “what was that all about?” If you haven’t seen the trailer, the simple summary is as follows: the film centers on Kristen Dunst’s wedding and how her relationships with her sister (Gainsbourg), friends, and family are strained over that weekend which might also feature the apocalypse due to a newly discovered planet rocketing towards earth that will destroy our planet on impact. It’s being billed as Von Trier’s first sci-fi film, but take that with a grain of salt. After all, Antichrist was hyped as the director’s first horror film and while the clit-cutting spectacle of that movie was certainly shocking and disturbing, it would be hard to call it a horror movie in any conventional sense. It’s more accurately described as a “Lars Von Trier film” with all of the unrelenting depression, jump cuts, handheld cameras, melodrama, and stunning performances that moniker implies. Melancholia should offer more of the same and you should be able to figure out whether you’ll enjoy it or not in advance based on your experience with Von Trier’s previous outings. Personally, I can’t wait to be deeply disturbed and disheartened by the guy’s latest nihilistic melodrama. Nobody stomps on his audience’s heart better or more effectively. He must be a riot at dinner parties.


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