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Von Trier brings longer 'Nymphomaniac' to Berlin

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.


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.


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


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.


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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Anne February 09 2014 at 4:34 PM

Hmmmm I seem to remember there was a comedian who used to wear a paper bag on his head. Is Shia trying to be funny? If so, it isn't working, no one gets the joke.

Shia doesn't play well with others.

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jensmorgans February 09 2014 at 6:20 PM

Shia - you are a dumb ass

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Steve Oneal February 09 2014 at 7:42 PM

don't show up to celebrity functions if you don't want to be in the celebrity world anymore.

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Marguerite February 09 2014 at 6:33 PM

is he having an Amanda Bynes moment? time for rehab maybe?

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DAVID February 09 2014 at 6:35 PM

always has deen a douche

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caminante4 February 09 2014 at 6:38 PM

These people keep giving awards to each other every month and they think they are famous.

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peteycat915 February 09 2014 at 6:53 PM

Didn't Shia LaBoeuf recently announce his retirement? Why doesn't he keep that promise?

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Madeye peteycat915 February 09 2014 at 7:35 PM

He made the movie before the announcement.

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fernandezarthr February 10 2014 at 7:36 AM

.....another one bites the Dust!!!...........

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cchandh February 09 2014 at 7:44 PM


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Tom February 10 2014 at 6:55 AM

I never even heard of him before he put the bag over his head.

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