Racy von Trier film, film on radical Catholics, paired in Berlin

Sun Feb 9, 2014 11:52am EST
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By Michael Roddy and Gareth Jones

BERLIN (Reuters) - Danish director Lars von Trier premiered a "director's cut" of "Nymphomaniac" at the Berlin film festival on Sunday, but stayed away from the media on a day that also saw the premiere of a film about strict Catholicism's impact on a teenage girl.

Von Trier's film starring young actress Stacy Martin and a long list of actors as her sexual partners, drew long queues to cinemas, even though it is being shown out of competition for the festival's top prize to be awarded next Saturday.

Charlotte Gainsbourg appears in the second volume of the extended version of the film, which will not be shown in Berlin.

Von Trier appeared with his cast for a photo shoot, wearing a T-shirt that said "persona non grata" - an apparent reference to his having been asked to leave the Cannes film festival three years ago after saying that Hitler had had some good ideas. As has been his custom since then, he did not attend the news conference.

Asked if the director had been able to make the films he wanted, producer Louise Veth said: "Yes he has done what he wanted to until now so let's hope that it will continue.

"Of course this, with a sex topic, made it a little difficult because of public rules. Sex is more difficult than violence - I don't know why but that's how it is."

The pairing of the Danish director's steamy opus with the German-made "Kreuzweg" ("Stations of the Cross") about a Catholic family bringing up their daughter in a strict religious environment, made for an odd juxtaposition, but one the film's director, Dietrich Bruggemann, seemed to relish.


Cast member Lea van Acken attends a news conference to promote the movie Kreuzweg (Station of the Cross) at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (