MIDSOMMAR released at the beginning of July and currently has a runtime of 2 hours and 27 minutes. With the additional footage Aster had a hard time editing out being added back in, the new length of the film will take it to the three hour mark. The screening will take place at the Lincoln Center in New York City on August 17 and will be titled as a “Director’s Cut” as opposed to just an extended cut. The additional 30 minutes was part of Aster’s original vision of the film before the MPAA got involved. Additionally MIDSOMMAR was originally rated NC-17 for six weeks; it’s currently rated R.
For those who attend, Aster will be there in-person to hold a Q+A session after the screening. On the additional footage, Aster has teased, “A more nuanced picture of Harga, more rituals and more nuance for the relationship between Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), and more by way of the thesis competition between Josh (William Jackson Harper) and Christian.”
In case you’ve missed it, check out our recent interview with the director: “Ari Aster: The New Horror Hero.”
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