Controversial ‘Antichrist’ Gets Pre-Halloween Release

IFC is giving Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (review) a pre-Halloween release in Los Angeles and New York, with the film to go out October 23. IFC, the biggest buyer at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, snapped up the psychological erotic-horror title during the fest. The pic, which has sexually explicit content, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe. The Cannes jury presented Gainsbourg with its actress award. IFC will widen the theatrical release after the platform launch. The company, which usually releases theatrical titles simultaneously on video-on-demand, has set a VOD date of Oct. 21 for “Antichrist.”