New stills and trailer for ‘Antichrist’

Posted by · 1:57 pm · April 27th, 2009

Chances are it won’t net him the same level of mainstream kudos as “Slumdog Millionaire,” but a series of newly released stills for Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” confirms that we can expect some pretty special work from Academy Award winner Anthony Dod Mantle. (How great does it feel to read those last six words, by the way?)

You can view more stills here, but it’s the milky lighting and Brothers Grimm-style atmospherics of the following shot that really got my attention. Whether the film is straight-up, balls-out horror fare or not (and given Von Trier’s ever-defiant track record, I can’t help wondering if we’re being wrong-footed by the marketing here), it’s clearly going to be a thing of considerable beauty. Cannes can’t come soon enough.

A second gorgeous still after the cut, plus a new (presumably European) trailer: the latter isn’t significantly different from the first, but it quickens my heart nonetheless.



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  • 1 4-27-2009 at 2:34 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    “Academy Award winner Anthony Dod Mantle. (How great does it feel to read those last six words, by the way?)”

    *grumble* I would have felt better reading the words Academy Award winner Wally Pfister, but I guess there’s always the next Batman….

  • 2 4-27-2009 at 2:42 pm

    Brando said...

    This film seems so strangely beautiful. And I never thought that I coul say that about a trailer.
    I don’t like very much the screams and the terror parts, but on the other side, it seems to fit in the story. Can’t wait…

  • 3 4-27-2009 at 4:21 pm

    Salerno said...

    I literally came on here to write the same thing Robert Hamer did. Not to say Mantle isn’t awesome, as evidenced by this trailer.

    Looking forward to this.

  • 4 4-27-2009 at 4:35 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Don’t get me wrong, guys — I loved Pfister’s work too. (And as a one-off achievement, I’d probably have voted for “TDK” too. Just.)

    But it’s still kind of thrilling and faintly unbelievable to me that the DP of “Dogville” and “28 Days Later” has an Oscar. The man’s a genius.

  • 5 4-27-2009 at 9:00 pm

    Speaking English said...

    The real winner was Claudio Miranda, anyway.

  • 6 4-27-2009 at 9:10 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    “The real winner was Claudio Miranda, anyway.”

    God bless you. I wanted him to win the Oscar when I saw Curious in the theater. I was becoming ok with movies no longer shot on film as long as they could be projected on film because Curious was goregous to see on film.

  • 7 4-27-2009 at 10:09 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Oh, no doubt, guys. 2008 was a great year for DPs. I was solidly in The Dark Knight’s corner, but I didn’t really mind Mantle winning because Slumdog Millionaire was a well-lensed film also, and as much as I despise The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I would have been okay with Miranda winning as well. I just think that Mantle’s best work is still ahead of him (as evidenced by these stills, for example), that’s all.

    The guy I root for hasn’t won Best Cinematography in recent years, but this year was a loss I could understand (Unlike, say, 2005 and 2006, when Emmanuel Lubezki was CLEARLY the best and lost TWICE IN A ROW!!!! Ahem, sorry, I still haven’t gotten over that).

  • 8 4-28-2009 at 12:29 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ha, I don’t ANYBODY is over Lubezki’s 2006 loss. Unforgivable.

    I didn’t actually think 2008 was a banner year for the craft. Nothing compared to ‘o7, anyway.

  • 9 4-28-2009 at 12:35 am

    Glenn said...

    I don’t think ’08 wasn’t generally that great a year for cinematography either.

    Can’t wait for “Antichrist”. SO PUMPED.