Last night on March 13, Interview and Absolut Elyx presented the New York premiere of Magnolia Pictures’ and Director Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" at MoMA. From the film: From the film: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Christian Slater, and Uma Thurman were joined by additional celebrity guests Emmy Rossum, Michael Shannon, Rhys Ifans, John Cameron Mitchell, Norman Reedus, Gillian Anderson, Christopher Abbott, Timothee Chalamet, director John Krokidas, MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser, Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox, Chris Benz, Gina Gershon, Stefano Tonchi, Gia Coppola, Beau Willimon, artist Donald Baechler, Audrey Gelman, David Chase, Johan Lindeberg and Kenza Fourati, Marshall Brickman, Alistair Banks Griffin, DJ Matt Creed, Louisa Krause, Zach Booth, Will Bates, Maggie Betts, Jamie Bochert, Aimee Mullins, and Matt Asti.
"Nymphomaniac" 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).
Examiner.com was on the red carpet check out what the cast had to say about the film:
What do you do in your trailer before scenes?
It depends if I’m nervous about the scene or if I’m just relaxing.
Did you work with the young version of yourself to get it right?
No Lars didn't want really us to communicate that much so there wasn’t any mimetism or trying to talk in the same way. We have the same accent, which is British and French. So we have the same background, but apart from that we didn’t try anything.
So how was your working and personal relationship with Lars evolved over these last three movies?
He’s become a friend and I feel very dearly about him. We have built a relationship and I feel blessed now. But he’s still very mysterious and I enjoy the fact that I don’t know that much about him. Anyways, it’s just exciting to be a part of his stories for the third time. I was always surprised that he would ask me again.
What can viewers expect?
It's a very interesting universe you enter and it has the qualities of a very thick 19th century novel
What do you do for nerves before a big event like this or Oscars?
I’m not very nervous. I mean, you can’t hurt me anymore. I’ve already done the film. I have no regrets.
You’ve been working with Mr. Von Trier for thirty years. How has your working professional relationship evolved?
Well we’re very good friends and working with him, I feel like we’re two kids playing in a sandbox because it’s very pleasant. It’s great fun all the time and even if it’s very dark material sometimes or difficult scenes you do it with a lot of humor and generosity from his side. He’s very open to everything.
And when you read that your character said fly fishing was like sex, what did you think?
I laughed aloud. It’s such a pitiful person I’m playing and he’s got no relationship to real life. So when she talks about very odd sexual experiences, the only thing he can relate to is fly fishing and that's kind of pathetic.
What did you love about the script? What attracted you to the project?
I said yes before the script was written. Lars asked me a year ahead if I wanted to do it and of course I did. I’ll do anything – just to hang out with him is fun.
What can you tell us about Volume II?
It's the same film but it continues. It’s darker than the first one.
You’ve chosen harder movie as your first movie. Why did you decide to do this one?
I think as a first movie it’s great and it just shows that as an actress I’m ready to take parts that are challenging, that are difficult, and that’s what I love about acting is you can go so far. The character I play, Joe, is so far from who I am and it was an incredible privilege to work with Lars on the first film and you can’t say no. It’s your first film and it’s a Lars Van Trier film and you’re a fan of his work you have to say yes.
What was your first reaction when you read the script?
I loved it. The script was very long, which I didn’t know back then because it was the first script I ever got sent and I thought it was a standard thing. And everyone’s going, “It’s really long, you don’t have to read it,” and I said, “Oh, I read it already.” I love it. It’s where you really enter a universe a real tale. It’s incredible.
Where does your passion for acting come from?
I think it was always here. It’s always been a part of me when I was at university. I was took my acting classes and I just loved telling stories and showing a snapshot of society or family or something that you can’t beat.
What can you tell us about Volume II?
It’s incredible. Charlotte and Stellan are absolutely wonderful.
Following the screening, guests headed over to new hotspot Butter Midtown where there was a “Show us your O Face” photo booth with props and giftbags from high-end sex toy company Jimmy Jane. The film is now available on demand and hits theaters March 21.