Two of the stars of Lars von Trier’s film Melancholia, Kirsten Dunst and John Hurt, were in London for the UK premier of the much acclaimed movie.
It is an apocalyptic drama written and directed by the controversial Danish filmmaker.
It tells the story of two sisters, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and how they deal with the fact that another planet is about to crash into Earth.
Dunst’s performance as a manic depressive earned her the best actress award at Cannes this year and made her a hot tip for an Oscar nomination.
She explained: “It is a very simple script but there are a lot of references to paintings and music and so there was a lot there that I could delve into. It was almost playing someone that was somewhat of a mystic, because she falls in love with this planet and there is a lot unsaid but you have to fill that with a lot of emotional depth. It was a difficult process but also really cathartic at the end of the day, and the way Lars shoots makes it very easy for you to be free.”
Trier’s initial inspiration for the film came from a depressive episode he suffered and his view that depressives remain calm in stressful situations. The movie’s impressive cast also includes Keifer Sutherland, and Charlotte Rampling.
Oscar-winner John Hurt said working with von Trier is an unique experience: “The thing is, we didn’t know what was going to happen. The marvellous thing about working with Lars is he is unlike anybody else. There is no rehearsal. You start off and you know you’ve got lines and you start off basically with that structure and something may happen from there.”
Lars von Trier’s view of the end of the world is now out in the cinemas across UK – it opens in Germany soon, and in the United States in November.