Skip to main content

MELANCHOLIA

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

Director: Lars von Trier

MELANCHOLIA

"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


See also...

ZENTROPA

... ... Zentropa, the most dazzling film seen at Cannes for years, is a trip along the twin scenic routes of myth and history. It's about a journey of illusion that provides lightning glimpses, from a... More »

THE KINGDOM

The Kingdom is more of an epic than a small screen serial-a truly macabre work of diabolical diversity with an unpredictable narra­tive, harbouring a tender ghost story at the core of its haunted hear... More »

THE GIANTS

"A joyous heartwarmer with an endearing Mark Twain meets Ken Loach vibe." - Screen International ... Two teenage brothers and their tag-along friend navigate a summer by themselves in an abandoned cou... More »

JESS + MOSS

The preciousness of youth and all of its disasters. ... Jess, 18, and Moss, 12, spend a lazy summer together on a derelict farm in rural Kentucky. With their families strangely absent, the pair occupy... More »

THE TURIN HORSE

"It's a shame to think of this heroically uncompromising director shutting up shop, but if he does, The Turin Horse is a magnificent farewell." - Screen International ... On 3 January 1889, Friedrich ... More »

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Wes Anderson returns with a tale of inclement weather, off-kilter community and (very) young love. ... It's the 1960s and on a small island off the coast of New England, eccentric 12-year-olds Sam and... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director