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Lars von Trier has given a sneak peek at his new film

Lars von Trier has given a sneak peek at his new film

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Lars von Trier has given a sneak peek at his new film

Lars von Trier has released a tantalising tease of his controversial new film Nymphomaniac in the form of eight chapter titles that will make up the two part movie.

The Danish director is under a self-imposed ban from making public statements about the erotic epic starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Uma Thurman and Shia LaBeouf.

But on the film's official website www.nymphomaniacthemovie.com, along with a picture of himself gagged with gaffer tape, Lars has listed eight chapter titles which will make up Nymphomaniac Volumes I and II.

They are - Chapter One: The Compleat Angler [sic], Chapter Two: Jerome, Chapter Three: Mrs H, Chapter Four: Delirium, Chapter Five: The Little Organ School, Chapter Six: The Eastern and Western Church (The Silent Duck), Chapter Seven: The Mirror and Chapter Eight: The Gun.

In the months leading up to Nymphomaniac's world premiere in Copenhagen in December, he plans to release a teaser for each chapter made up of a headline, a film still and a short narrative description of the plot. These small sneak peeks will be published exclusively in select newspapers worldwide, in a move that mirrors the Wikileaks cable leak cooperation in 2010.

The film stars Charlotte as a girl who is found in an alley by an ageing bachelor (Stellan), and recounts her life of erotic adventures as he nurses her back to health.

Shia claimed last year they would be filming real sex scenes. He told MTV News: "There's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images."

In an early interview with The Hollywood Reporter, before his self-imposed ban, Lars revealed the film was inspired by Marcel Proust's classic In Search Of Lost Time as an example of the kind of literary style he was aiming to transfer to film.

The director decided to stop making public statements after controversially suggesting that he understood Hitler at the Cannes press conference for Melancholia in 2011. It sparked a police investigation, which has since been dropped, into allegations of hate speech.

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