Jeff Labrecque
May 20, 2009 AT 07:59 PM EDT

IFC Films has purchased the American distribution rights to Lars Von Trier’s polarizing film Antichrist. IndieWIRE.com reports that IFC will release the same controversial cut of the film that recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In the movie, Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg play a couple who retreat to a wooded cabin to overcome the grief of losing their only child.

No Von Trier film has ever grossed more than $6 million in the United States, but his avant-garde movies (Dogville, Breaking the Waves) are notable for their explicit realism.

More on Antichrist:
Cannes report: the scariest moment yet
Cannes report: Lars von Trier’s Antichrist: ‘The closest film to a scream’

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