The Berlin Film Festival will play host to the world premiere of the uncut version of Volume 1 of Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac. The film will screen out of competition. A two-part, four-hour version of the entire opus opens in von Trier’s native Denmark on Christmas Day (the helmer’s original cut was 5.5 hours long). Berlin festival director Dieter Kosslick said today the aesthetic von Trier has created “is impressive and radical.” More of a Cannes staple — until that unfortunate incident in 2011 where a misguided attempt at humor branded him persona non grata – von Trier was last invited to Berlin in 1984. Nymphomaniac is the story of one woman’s journey from birth to age 50, as told by the titular character (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe also star. The first reviews have been largely positive for the mega-hyped film.
In the U.S., Nymphomaniac has also been split into two and Magnolia is releasing the versions in March and in April. Volume 1 will arrive on demand and via iTunes on March 6, followed by a theatrical release on March 21. Volume 2 goes out in a similar fashion, on April 3 and April 18.