Stunning trailer for Lars Von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA hits

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 8th, 2011

Talk about heading into the weekend on one hell of a great note.

Thanks to the film’s official site (hat tip to The Playlist and Time Out London), the first trailer for Lars Von Trier’s upcoming film, MELANCHOLIA has been released, and boy oh boy does it look like a winner.

Starring a really great cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard, Kirsten Dunst, Stellan Skarsgard, John Hurt, Charlotte Rampling, Brady Corbet, Jesper Christensen, and Udo Kier, the film is Von Trier’s attempt at sci-fi, and it looks like it’s a great fit for the director. The film follows two sisters and their relationship, as Earth awaits its impending destruction, with another planet on a collision course to it.

 

Now, with regards to the trailer, it does open up relatively sterile, playing as nothing more than a typical wedding drama. However, not only does the film get all the more intense following this opening, but overall, the film appears to be a really impressive piece visually. The film’s DP, Manuel Alberto Claro, is on the top of his game here, giving us some really great digital cinematography, and while this doesn’t seem as envelope pushing as something like ANTICHRIST, it still looks like a really powerful film.

No release date has been set, but Magnolia does have US distribution rights.

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