On the back of one of the more eye-catching publicity campaigns in recent memory, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Vol. I & Vol. II go on release this week and will be available to watch from home on the BFI Player from Saturday 1 March.
Von Trier’s two-part epic charts the erotic journey of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who is discovered beaten and discarded in an alleyway by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård). Taking her back to his home, Seligman listens as Joe recounts her life story, from birth to adulthood and her self-diagnosed obsession with sex.
Divided into eight chapters and told over four hours, Nymphomaniac continues a grand tradition of trailblazing arthouse cinema (Last Tango in Paris, In the Realm of the Senses) that seeks to tackle eroticism on screen.
Since the project was announced back in 2011, von Trier’s film has received a huge amount of media attention and speculation – with a controversial teaser campaign of suggestive posters and trailers stoking anticipation to discover just how far this most provocative of contemporary directors would go.
Nymphomaniac Vol. I & Vol. II will be available on our video-on-demand service BFI Player from 1 March. The BFI Player is available on desktop, android devices, iPads and now iPhones.