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Lars von Trier's silence led to Nyphomaniac 'orgasm' posters

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Lars von Trier, speaking at Cannes in 2011 to promote his new film Meloncholia, said that he could understand Hitler. His words were taken very seriously by some and lead to him being banned from the festival. Shortly after, he withdrew himself from public interviews and said he would never talk to the press again. 

Up until now, von Trier has usually had a commanding arm in creating the promotional campaigns for his films but this time, for his two-part movie Nymphomaniac, he has handed over the control to marketing company the Eintstein Couple.

The outfit, which appeared at Dublin's Digital Biscuit conferance, has claimed that their approach to designing their eye-catching poster campaign was a result of the director's self-imposed silence. 

According to The Guardian, the Danish director told the company he wanted a campaign that would 'speak for the movie' so he wouldn't have to. For this reason, the Einstein Couple produced posters of the major characters depicting them in what appears to be states of orgasmic ecstasy. 

The films of Lars von Trier have often sparked controversy, with some critics and publications calling for his material to be banned. His 2009 film Antichrist famously contained a scene of a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg, who also stars in Nymphomaniac) cutting out her clitoris with a pair of rusty scissors. It also featured graphic real sex (as does Nymphomaniac). 

Nymphomaniac: Part 1 is released on 22 February. Take a look at a selection of the posters and a clip below. 

Nymphomaniac Stellan Image

Jamie Bell

 

 

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