Two sisters find their relationship challenged as a nearby planet threatens to collide into the Earth.
Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard) celebrate their wedding with a luxurious party at the house of Justin’s sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet Melancholia is heading towards Earth.
Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier, the genius behind the late 1990s classics Breaking The Waves and Dancer In The Dark.
Kirsten Dunst won the 2011 Best Actress Award at Cannes for her role in the film, even after the film’s director, Lars Von Trier, was banned from the festival for making rambling comments that may have been construed as pro-Nazi.
Anyone who is wild about movies knows that in order to qualify for any Oscar nominations (or wins) a movie must first play in a commercial movie theater in Los Angeles for at least one full week, before premiering on Video On Demand, DVD or online. While Melancholia received its first announced release, via VOD, on October 7, 2011, it qualifys for 2012 Oscars.
We received a letter in response to our question about Melancholia’s Oscars eligibitly from Academy spokesperson Leslie Unger with this statement: According to our records, MELANCHOLIA did have a one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles County back in July . That is what we require prior to VOD release, so in the case of this movie, it will be eligible [for 2012 Oscars].
Update: Melancholia received zero Oscar nominations.