'A beautiful movie about the end of the world'
Visually stunning and monumentally ambitious, Lars von Trier's Melancholia follows the strained relationship of two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) in the lead up to the impending collision of a mysterious planet with Earth.
Ever controversial director, Lars von Trier, has commented that upon first seeing the trailer for the film that a shiver ran down his spine, "This is cream on cream. A woman's film! I feel ready to reject the film like a wrongly transplanted organ." He later adds, "I cling to the hope that there may be a bone splinter amid all the cream that may, after all, crack a fragile tooth ... I close my eyes and hope!"
With this vibrant prose, Trier may be hinting at a particular quality in the film wherein a keen sadness is suffused in its images of intense beauty. Utilising exquisite dreamlike sequences that precipitate the events in the film, the audience is embroiled in a sumptuous and mesmerising world on the brink of collapse.
This film will be introduced by Dr Andy Newsam, Professor of Astronomy Education and
Engagement at the Astrophysics Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University.
Part of the programme for the Winter Sparks exhibition
Experience a light and sound show with electric sparks, interact with the dramatic charges from Tesla coils, and explore the mysteries of the Wilberforce pendulum, with work from four exciting international new media artists being seen in the UK for the first time.
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