May 20, 2009

This year's most controversial film at Cannes gets picked up!

It's Lars von Trier's Antichrist, and here's the story from The Hollywood Reporter:
IFC Films is getting into business with the Antichrist.

Just several hours after announcing it would be distributing Ken Loach's
 soccer-star comedy "Looking for Eric," the Rainbow Media company announced
 it had picked up Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," a controversial
 relationship-cum-torture-porn movie starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte

"Since it premiered at Cannes on Monday, we haven't been able to stop 
talking or thinking about 'Antichrist,' " IFC Entertainment president Jonathan
 Sehring said.

The movie has indeed been one of the most talked-about of the festival,
 though not always in the best way. With a series of bracing scenes in which
 a grieving couple bloodily brutalizes each other at their country cabin,
 some felt von Trier had stepped over the line.

At a press conference earlier in the week, reporters asked Von Trier to
 explain his choices on artistic grounds, with von Trier coyly refusing to.

 The title had gone through a roller-coaster on the acquisitions side: Its 
stock climbed before the fest, sank when it drew a harsh media and critical
 reaction, and now apparently has climbed enough for IFC to take a flyer.

The film's marketplace potential remains to be seen.
 The sheer volume of press could provide a boost to attendance, though it's
 an open question whether that, along with the smallish cadre of die-hard von
 Trier fans, will be enough to make it a profitable theatrical and VOD 

As it did with the Loach buy, IFC's pickup marks a collaboration with a 
familiar face -- the company previously released von Trier's "The Boss of It All" and "Manderlay."

The pair of six-figure deals bring IFC's festival take to three, after it 
previously scooped up Romanian omnibus pic "Tales From the Golden Age."

 The other only pickups of the movies from the festival came on the fest's
 first day, when Sony Pictures Classics announced it had bought "Coco Chanel
 and Igor Stravinsky" and "The White Ribbon."

Two of the more high-profile acquisition targets, Terry Gilliam's "The
 Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora," remain in 
-I can not wait to see this film, its horrific torture porn included (and it's porn elements, and it's torture elements...seriously, this sounds like a one of a kind film according to the wildly varied opinions out of Cannes)...thoughts?


  1. this is the most effed up movie i've ever heard of...count me in!

  2. Lars is a crazy dude

  3. it's definitely the talk of Cannes

  4. Here in denmark the media is going nuts about this. Since it was first shown in Cannes people have been talking about it none stop. It opened in Denmark wednesday and is already becoming one of the most hyped movies ever in denmark.

    Von Trier has always been a big name, and his movies are all quite succesfull, but none have created such a stir as this one. Newspapers are dedicating entier sections to it, the tv-stations are filled with clips and interviews and the internet is full of reactions - for better or worse.

    I won't get to see it until saturday, though...