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On-screen shock, off-screen drama for von Trier in Berlin

Published on Feb 10, 2014 6:31 AM
French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (left), Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgaard (third, left) and actress Stacy Martin (right) and Danish film director Lars von Trier (second, left) during a photocall to promote von Triers's new movie Nymphomaniac in Copenhagen on Dec 4, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP  

BERLIN (AFP) - The longer, more explicit version of scandal-courting Danish director Lars von Trier's sex addiction opus Nymphomaniac Volume I premiered to cheers at the Berlin film festival on Sunday.

But while the no-holds-barred director's cut of the film generated excitement at the 64th Berlinale, the antics of the cast and crew threatened to upstage the screening.

Von Trier, 57, who took a "vow of silence" with the media after being booted out of Cannes for a maladroit Nazi joke to reporters in 2011, showed up at a photo call wearing a "persona non grata" t-shirt with Cannes' golden palm leaf logo.

He refused to join the subsequent news conference, leaving his stars Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman and newcomer Stacy Martin to face the press.

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