For so many reasons, I just assumed the first official image from Lars von Trier’s upcoming drama Nymphomaniac would be sexier. Unless, that is, the man pictured below has passed out from all of the sex that he has been having. But I don’t think that’s the case.

The UK distributor Artificial Eye shared the pic on its Twitter feed (via The Playlist), pointing out that Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, Melancholia) reunites with her director without confirming who we are seeing in the shot. Take a look at the gloomy image below:



What do we know about Nymphomaniac so far? The picture plans to follow a female sex addict from birth to age 50, with Gainsbourg playing the character at different stages of her life. Von Trier, who has courted controversy as of late for his vile comments to the media, has surrounded his leading lady with familiar faces and unexpected stars. Regular Von Trier collaborators like Stellan Skarsgard and Willem Dafoe are expected to join the film, which the director says will be cut into different versions and may feature unsimulated sex. Also, they will be joined on screen by Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen and Uma Thurman, according to reports.

Von Trier’s movie doesn’t have a firm U.S. release date, though I’d expect the movie to try its hand at a major film festival – Venice or Toronto – to gauge audience reaction before seeking widespread distribution. And don’t look for it at Cannes, where I believe Von Trier has been told never to return … particularly with a movie titled Nymphomaniac. Stay tuned.

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