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MELANCHOLIA

Denmark / Sweden / France / Germany, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Lars von Trier

"A mesmerizing, visually gorgeous and often-moving alloy of family drama." - Telegraph

From Danish agitator Lars von Trier (Antichrist, MIFF 2009) comes a compelling family drama, set against the backdrop of imminent apocalypse. Melancholia explores the relationship between two sisters, the depressed Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and the seemingly more balanced Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), as a planet named Melancholia hurtles toward Earth, promising extinction for the entire planet.

Boasting an all-star cast that includes Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling and Kiefer Sutherland, and claiming Best Actress at Cannes for Dunst's impressive performance, Melancholia is yet another stunning work from a singular, intriguing filmmaker.

"Von Trier once again demonstrates a mastery of classical technique, extracting incredibly strong performances from his cast." - Variety

D/S Lars von Trier P Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth Dist Madman Entertainment TD 35mm/2011

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