Written by Nikki Baughan Friday, 12 June 2009 15:14
Lars von Trier's horror film Antichrist split audiences at this years' Cannes Film Festival, thanks to its graphic scenes of torture, mutilation and violent sex, but will be released complely uncut by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on July 24th.
The official press release reporting this news states that the film 'outraged viewers at the world premiere' and that 'London has seen two press screenings in the last 7 days in which several journalists walked out in disgust and repulsion'. It's clear that film distributors Artificial Eye are capitalizing on the growing reputation of the film, and are daring audiences to see the spectacle for themselves.
Those who do will see Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg (who won Best Actress at Cannes) play a grieving couple whose attempts to find peace descent into horror and madness. The BBFC accept that "there is no doubt that some viewers will find the images distrubing and offensive," but have not demanded any cuts for the 18-certificate they have slapped on the release.
Artificial Eye's CEO Philip Knatchbull says, "There is no doubt that Antichrist is a controversial film but it's our duty as a distributor to present the works of talented directors such as Lars von Trier in their original form exactly as the director intended. We fully support the BBFC's decision to allow people to make up their own minds about this film."
Director Lars von Trier, however, remains characteristically unruffled by all the hoo-ha surrounding his work. "I can offer no excuse for Antichrist," he says. "Other than my absolute belief in the film - the most important film of my entire career."
The most shocking film ever made or much ado about nothing? Start making up your mind with the trailer below