Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nymphomaniac: Future Visual Effects Nominee?

Oh, Lars von Trier.  You crazy cat!  

The controversial Danish filmmaker's next project, Nymphomaniac, is already creating headlines, and we are still learning about it.  The film stars von Trier regular Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her entire life story to Seligman played by Stellan Skarsgard.  The film also stars Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf, and Willem Dafoe.  

Obviously, with a title like that, the film is going to have a fair amount of sex.  When the film was first announced, von Trier stated that the film was going to feature both mainstream film actors and adult film stars.  Yesterday, film producer Louise Vesth stated the they film the main actors pretending to have sex and then filmed the adult actors actually having sex.  They plan to somehow splice the sequences together to make it look like the main characters are doin' it and doin' it and doin' it well.  

So does this mean that Nymphomaniac would be eligible for a Best Visual Effects Oscar?!  Wouldn't that be awesome!  The nominees are...Transformer 932, The Hobbit, and Nymphomaniac!!!  Lately, the Academy goes for visual effects if it helps tell the story.  They almost nominated Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and those VFX were very stylized.  If they can give it to The Golden Compass, they can at least nominated it for making us believe that Shia LaBeouf is plowing Uma Thurman. 

Excuse me...I am looking for the lake...

Lars von Trier definitely does not shy away from controversial subject matter, especially sex.  Antichrist, the pictured above and the first von Trier I ever saw, featured a penetration shot in the first five minutes.  I also lost my female castration viewing virginity in that one.  I find his movies very strange.  If you decide to explore his filmography, don't dive into Antichrist first.  You might have a heart attack.  

What do you think?  Would you like to see Meryl Streep award Lars von Trier a golden statue for the incredible visual effect work on Nymphomaniac?  Maybe it could happen...

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