Although Lars von Trier's Antichrist received most of the controversial buzz coming out of last year's Cannes Film Festival, Gasper Noe's Enter the Void (which also competed at Cannes in 2009) is gaining similar buzz for what looks to be a very mind-bending film. This sudden word-of-mouth explosion has convinced IFC Films to buy the rights to the film, and plan a release eerily similar to the one of Antichrist last year. In September, the film will simultaneously hit select theaters and OnDemand in September.



At first glance, one of the most notable differences between these two films is the running time. Antichrist, although a very harrowing experience, still clocks in at under two hours, and it goes by surprisingly quick pace. Noe's film, on the other hand, comes close to hitting the three hour mark, something that could turn out to be a major turn-off for audiences.


Nevertheless, Enter the Void, which follows the deceased Tokyo-based drug dealer Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) as his spirit watches over his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta), has finally received a restricted trailer (thanks to Twitch). As many may recall, Noe also helmed 2002's highly-divisive Irreversible, a film I have yet to see. But I will make sure to catch up with some of the director's previous work before I stomach Enter the Void.




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