At a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, Lars von Trier declared himself the best filmmaker in the world. The eccentric Danish director is responsible for making Antichrist, my most anticipated film of the year, and an incredibly contraversial one at that. After its debut screening at Cannes, responses have been extreme, dividing critics and spectators. Roger Ebert has proven himself rather levelheaded when criticizing Trier. He has praised some of his films extensively, while avidly bashing others. It seem he has fallen on the positive side this time around. Right after the screening, Ebert offered some initial thoughts. Two days later, it seems the critic can't shake off the effect the film has had on him. He has written an interesting post which only excites me further.
"Lars von Trier's new film will not leave me alone. A day after many members of the audience recoiled at its first Cannes showing, "Antichrist" is brewing a scandal here; I am reminded of the tumult following the 1976 premiere of Oshima's "In the Realm of the Senses" and its castration scene. I said I was looking forward to von Trier's overnight reviews, and I haven't been disappointed. Those who thought it was good thought it was very very good ("Something completely bizarre, massively uncommercial and strangely perfect"--Damon Wise, Empire) and those who thought it was bad found it horrid ("Lars von Trier cuts a big fat art-film fart with "Antichrist"--Todd McCarthy, Variety)."
Please check out the rest of Roger Ebert's post here.
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