Von Trier brings longer 'Nymphomaniac' to Berlin

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Von Trier brings longer 'Nymphomaniac' to Berlin
From left, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Lars von Trier pose for photographers at the photo call for the film Nymphomaniac during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, in Berlin. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Uma Thurman arrives at the photo call for the film Nymphomaniac during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, in Berlin. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actresses Uma Thurman and Stacy Martin pose for photographers on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Lars von Trier and his wife Bente Froge pose for photographers on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Shia LaBeouf wearing a paper bag over his head saying 'I am not famous anymore' arrives on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Shia LaBeouf wearing a paper bag over his head saying 'I am not famous anymore' arrives on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Shia LaBeouf wearing a paper bag over his head saying 'I am not famous anymore' arrives on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Festival director Dieter Kosslick, Bettina Brokemper, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Lars von Trier and Bente Trier attend the 'Nymphomaniac Volume I (long version)' premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: (R-L) Louise Vesth, Bente Trier, Stellan Starsgard, Lars von Trier, Stacy Martin, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Bettina Brokemper and festival director Dieter Kosslick attend the 'Nymphomaniac Volume I (long version)' premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
Danish director Lars von Trier (L) and US actress Uma Thurman (R) arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film 'Nymphomaniac Volume I (Long Version)' at the 64th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on February 9, 2014. The 64th Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, with 24 international productions screening in the main showcase takes place until Febuary 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
German actress Christine Urspruch arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film 'Nymphomaniac Volume I (Long Version)' at the 64th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on February 9, 2014. The 64th Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, with 24 international productions screening in the main showcase takes place until Febuary 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Shia LaBeouf arrives at the photo call for the film Nymphomaniac during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, in Berlin. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers at the photo call for the film Nymphomaniac during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, in Berlin. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Lars von Trier reveals a tee shirt which has the Cannes film festival symbol and the slogan Persona Non Grata underneath as he poses for photographers at the photo call for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. In 2011 Von Trier was asked to leave the Cannes film festival after a bizarre, rambling news conference in which he said he sympathizes with Adolf Hitler. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Stacy Martin poses for photographers at the photo call for the film Nymphomaniac during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, in Berlin. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Lars von Trier, centre, reveals a tee shirt which has the Cannes film festival symbol and the slogan Persona Non Grata underneath as he poses for photographers at the photo call for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. In 2011 Von Trier was asked to leave the Cannes film festival after a bizarre, rambling news conference in which he said he sympathizes with Adolf Hitler. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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BERLIN (AP) -- Lars von Trier brought an extra-long version of his "Nymphomaniac Volume I" to the Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday, a cut that increases to nearly 2 1/2 hours the first installment of the two-part drama about a woman's sexual life from girlhood to age 50. The Danish director left his stars to do the talking - some of them, anyway.

SEVEN PAGES OF RAGE

Uma Thurman enjoyed letting off the "fury of woman scorned" in a monologue von Trier wrote for her in the movie. "It was a real great challenge to memorize seven pages of Lars' female diatribe of rage," she told reporters.

"Lars kept saying I was overacting, but that's nothing new," Thurman added.

SLOW DOWN

Christian Slater said that the eccentric director was "patient, gentle, kept telling me to slow down." That, he said, was a big contrast with Hollywood, where "they always want things to move so quickly - and it was nice to actually be on a set where there was actually some real time given to capture moments."

Shia LaBeouf Wears Paper Bag On Red Carpet

NOT TALKING

Von Trier turned up to a photo call sporting a t-shirt with the logo of the Cannes Film Festival and the words "Persona non grata, official selection." In 2011, von Trier was ejected from the Cannes event after a bizarre, rambling news conference in which he expressed sympathy with Adolf Hitler. He said afterward he had been joking, later issuing an apology and then saying he would refrain from future public statements.

The director skipped Sunday's news conference.

SO LONG, SEAGULLS

Shia LaBeouf didn't stay long either. A question as to whether the actors were worried about the film's sex scenes elicited the response: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." He then walked out.

LaBeouf's line was borrowed from French soccer player Eric Cantona, who baffled reporters with it in the mid-1990s following his suspension for a flying kick on a heckler.

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