What’s wonderful about director Lars von Trier’s films is that you never know what to expect. Sometimes the outcome works and other times it doesn’t, but it will be a film-going experience unlike any other. For example, his latest film Melancholia picks up from a normal, relatable setting—a wedding—and then goes totally batshit from there with a newly discovered planet that might collide with Earth. Melancholia is billed as “a psychological disaster movie” and “a beautiful movie about the end of the world”. Also, going by the trailer, Kirsten Dunst might have super powers. I have no idea what to make of Melancholia, and I can’t wait to see it.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
Here’s the press release, which includes a synopsis for Melancholia:
Copenhagen, 8 April 2011 – The trailer for Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA is launched online today and available to view at www.melancholiathemovie.com . A beautiful movie about the end of the world, MELANCHOLIA is written and directed by von Trier and produced by Meta Louise Foldager and Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments27.
Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland star together with Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier and Jesper Christensen. The behind-the-scenes team includes award-winning cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro DFF (Reconstruction), production designer Jette Lehmann (Flame and Citron), and costume designer Manon Rasmussen (Dancer in the Dark).
Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth… MELANCHOLIA is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier.
Executive producers are Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Peter Garde. Co-producers are Lars Jönsson for Memfis Film International, Madeleine Ekman for Zentropa International Sweden, Marianne Slot for Slot Machine / Liberator Productions and Bettina Brokemper for Zentropa International Koln. Additional co-producers are Film i Väst, DR and Arte France Cinema.
MELANCHOLIA will be released in Scandinavia in May. Magnolia Pictures will distribute the film in the USA and Canada.