Melancholia is a 2011 science-fiction drama-psychological thriller film written and directed by Lars von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The film’s story revolves around two sisters, one of whom is preparing to marry, as a rogue planet is about to collide with Earth. Von Trier’s initial inspiration for the film came from a depressive episode he suffered and the insight that depressed people have a tendency to remain peaceful during catastrophic events. The film is a Danish production by Zentropa, with international co-producers in Sweden, France, and Germany. Filming took place in Sweden.
Melancholia prominently features music from the prelude to Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde (1857–59). It is the second entry in von Trier’s unofficially titled “Depression Trilogy”, preceded by Antichrist and followed by Nymphomaniac.
Melancholia premiered on May 18 in 2011 at the 64th Cannes Film Festival–where it was critically lauded. Dunst received the festival’s Best Actress Award for her performance, which was a common area of praise among critics. Although not without its detractors, many critics and film scholars have considered the film to be a masterpiece.
In seiner gewaltigen Bildsymphonie „Melancholia“ versucht der dänische Provokateur Lars von Trier seine eigene Depression zu verarbeiten. Zwei ungleiche Schwestern lässt der ehemalige Dogma-Regisseur seine wuchtige Vision einer Apokalypse erleben und schwelgt dabei in deutscher Romantik und bombastischen Wagner-Klängen. Trier-Muse Charlotte Gainsbourg aus „Antichrist“ und die Hollywoodschauspielerin Kirsten Dunst, die für ihre schauspielerische Leistung in Cannes die „Silberne Palme“ erhielt, veredeln das intime Drama.
You can buy tickets here. It’s an OmU screening, which means it’s the original movie with German subtitles.