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Von Trier's Hotly-Awaited Film Gets December Launch

Director Lars Von Trier poses during an interview with Reuters in Mougins, France, May 21, 2011.
Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac,'' one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2013 for its erotic content and all-star cast, will open in theatres on Christmas Day, the producers said on Thursday.

The provocative director, expelled from the Cannes film festival in 2011 for joking that he sympathized with Hitler, cast Charlotte Gainsbourg as the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac of the title, alongside rising Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf.

Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe also appear in a movie which, if the pre-release buildup is to be believed, could match Von Trier's ultra-violent "Antichrist'' for shocking audiences.

The film will premiere in Copenhagen in early December with a red carpet gala, and reach cinemas on Dec. 25.

There had been intense speculation that the picture would be ready for this year's Cannes, where director Thierry Fremaux told Reuters Von Trier would be welcomed back in the future despite his exit two years ago.

It was the first such expulsion from the world's top film festival in 64 years, and an apology from the director, once a darling in Cannes and winner of the Palme d'Or award in 2000 for "Dancer in the Dark'', proved too late.