Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Promises 'Light and Poetic' Smut

The Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market are getting underway as we speak, exposing an all-new crop of good, bad and WTF-inducing projects we'll be hearing and/or seeing about in the year or two to come. But there are also revelations to be found regarding more familiar titles. Take Lars von Trier's already notorious, sexually explicit Nymphomaniac, for example.

/film points us all to the film's refined description in the EFM guide:

NYMPHOMANIAC is the light and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe. On a cold winter’s evening Seligman, an old bachelor, finds Joe semi-unconscious and beaten up in an alleyway. After bringing her to his flat he sees to her wounds while trying to understand how things could have gone so wrong for her. He listens intently as she over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

Said "erotic journey" will reportedly be populated by porn-star stand-ins doing the dirty work for the more mainstream stars, including leading lady Charlotte Gainsbourg, who recently drew a broad line regarding her role:

I haven't read the script; I sort of had to commit to doing the film without reading it. [...] I know he wants to use porn actors as doubles, like we did in Antichrist, so they would do those shots but then we'd do the rest. I don't know up to what point, but I know I have limits. I had limits on Antichrist – I remember, he asked me to jerk off the porn actor, and that's when I said I couldn't. So we will see what my limit is for the next one.

Shooting should commence this summer, with hardcore and softcore versions expected to follow down the line. Generally this kind of thing would be timed to premiere at Cannes, but we all know how that went last time. So... Berlinale 2013? SXSW? Who's up for Lars-BQ and Lone Stars? Ugh, forget it.

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