Don’t miss Antichrist in the double-feature event An Evening with Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg featuring a discussion with Birkin and Gainsbourg on January 29 at 6:30pm.
Lars von Trier’s ultra-violent Antichrist scandalized audiences upon its premiere at Cannes, where Charlotte Gainsbourg’s fearless performance won her the award for Best Actress. Divided into chapters and distilled through Anthony Dod Mantle’s downcast lensing, the film follows He and She, a grieving couple played by Willem Dafoe and Gainsbourg, who retreat to an isolated cabin after their infant’s death. But in seclusion their situation goes from bad to worse, as He becomes haunted by peculiar visions and She reveals violent sexual behavior that together crescendo to a harrowing climax. Antichrist is considered the first installment of von Trier’s unofficially titled “Depression Trilogy,” followed by Melancholia and Nymphomaniac—Gainsbourg appears in all three. An NYFF47 selection.