Created under the chipper idea of "No more happy endings!," Melancholia refers to "Planet Melancholia," a huge planet hovering dangerously close to Earth. That's all that's being shared about the plot, although the description of "psychological drama-cum-disaster movie," teamed with the idea of no happy endings, should give you a clue as to how this sucker will play out. The film has a modest $7 mil price tag, and will use only a moderate amount of effects, although presumably a lot more than chalk outlines.
Some of the director's most notable work comes from unlikely stars, whether we're talking Bjork in Dancer in the Dark or Nicole Kidman in Dogville, so this bodes very well for the actress that has had a lot of shmeh work lately. Will Von Trier tap into the inner actor that made Dunst a big name with her vampiric Claudia all those years ago? What will Von Trier's idea of disaster-centric scifi look like?