Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 Long Version off to Berlin

BERLIN. The long version of Lars von Trier’s "Nymphomaniac" Volume 1 has been selected for Out of Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, kicking off 6 February.

While the short version of "Nymphomaniac" opens in Denmark on 25 December, audiences at the Berlinale 2014 will be the first to get the opportunity to experience the long version of "Nymphomaniac" Volume 1. Von Trier's film will be showcased Out of Competition.

The screening in Berlin will be the only screening of the long version of Volume 1, until the long version of Volume 2 premieres later in 2014.

"Berlinale audiences will be the first to see the full-length version of 'Nymphomaniac' Volume I. Lars von Trier, a guest of the Berlinale for the first time in 1984, returns to the festival with this film. The aesthetic he has created in 'Nymphomaniac' is impressive and radical," comments Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.

"Nymphomaniac" is the story of a woman's journey from birth to the age of fifty as told by the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe. One evening an old bachelor, Seligman, finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. Stretched over eight chapters, the film recounts Joe's experiences in a story rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

In addition to its release on Christmas Day in Denmark, the short version of "Nymphomaniac" also opens in Spain on 25 December and will be reaching more countries over the next few months.

"Nymphomaniac" features an international ensemble cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, who plays Joe, and Stellan Skarsgård in the role of Seligman, along with Stacy Martin, who features as Joe in her early years.

"Nymphomaniac" is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa and has received support from the Danish Film Institute.

Berlin International Film Festival 6-16 February 2014