I always have thirty or forty browser tabs open at once, which sometimes leads to things getting lost. Since last week I’ve had one for Variety’s story about new cast additions to Lars von Trier’s Antichrist; I keep forgetting to mention it. Then Anne Thompson reminded me by posting the whole insane press release covering the new info about the film, which is worth further sharing.
The first news was that Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg had been cast as a couple that takes to a remote cabin in the woods after the death of their child. The press release adds more color through a nebulous quote from Trier: “I would like to invite you for a tiny glimpse behind the curtain, a
glimpse into the dark world of my imagination: into the nature of my
fears, into the nature of Antichrist.”
So far so good. Then there’s the rest of the release: “After a long exhausting training camp in the Czech Republic the
supporting cast; The Deer (played by Fiona), the Fox (Bonifac) and the
Crow (Blue and No-Name) are now ready to join Willem Dafoe and
Charlotte Gainsbourg at the location ‘Eden’ in the forests near Cologne.”
Aside from the fact that ‘Bonifac’ sounds like a truncated version of Boniface, which could refer either to the Saint (known as the Apostle of the Germans) or one of nine possible popes (one of whom, Boniface VII, was an anti-pope) I have no goddamn idea what that paragraph means.
And that’s wonderful. I can’t wait for this movie.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey