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'Nymphomaniac' gets U.S. release date

From left, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Lars von

From left, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Lars von Trier and Stacy Martin promote von Triers' new movie "Nymphomaniac" in Copenhagen. (Dec. 4, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Danish director Lars von Trier's sexually graphic movie starring Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Charlotte Gainsbourg is set to be released in two parts on March 21 and April 18 next year, according to Magnolia Picutres. The film will open in Denmark on Christmas Day.

The movie centers on Gainsbourg, who plays Joe, a self-described nymphomanic. In "Part One" she relates the erotic adventures of her youth to an older bachelor, played by Stellan Skarsgard; her adult life is chronicled in "Part Two."

"Nymphomaniac" appears to be the result of von Trier's stated ambition to make a pornographic movie, although the film has not been described that way in official publicity materials. Magnolia Pictures does, however, promise that the movie will "contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film."

A trailer for the movie was recently pulled from YouTube, apparently for violating the site's content guidelines. Earlier this month in Tampa, Fla., the trailer sparked outrage when it was accidentally shown to a group of schoolchildren attending Disney's "Frozen."

Von Trier, who was censored by the Cannes film festival for making some off-hand jokes about Nazis (his comments were unrelated to "Nymphomaniac"), has vowed to never again speak to the press on behalf of his films.

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