Nymphmaniac: Volume I and II

nymphomaniac_5Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC is being distributed in two parts (Volume I and II) and in two versions: a 4 hour “international” version, and a 5.5 hour “director’s cut.”


Volume I is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin).

nymphomaniac_volume_1_posterVolume I also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark and Connie Nielsen.


Volume II picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. The film stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin, LaBeouf and Udo Kier.

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I and VOLUME II mark Lars von Trier’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed film, MELANCHOLIA (released by Magnolia in 2011), and is his third consecutive collaboration with Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film.

The version of the film being released in the US in March, 2014 is the international version.

The international version is the only version of the film that has been released commercially anywhere in the world. There is no “American” version of the film—the film being released in the US has not been altered or censored from the international version.

Volume I of von Trier’s director’s cut premiered at the 2014 Berlinale. This is the only place that it has been shown publicly to date. Volume II of the director’s cut will premiere later this year—its premiere date and venue have not yet been announced.

The 5.5 hour director’s cut of NYMPHOMANIAC will be released by Magnolia in the US at some point in the future, when both parts have been made available for distribution by the film’s producers.

A groundbreaking filmmaker for three decades, von Trier’s other films include ANTICHRIST, DOGVILLE, DANCER IN THE DARK and BREAKING THE WAVES.

NYMPHOMANIAC is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments.