It's been a long while since we've mentioned Julie Delpy's stab at Erzsebet Bathory blood lust with The Countess. This year, it screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it earned a decent review from The Hollywood Reporter, and there's now a trailer as well, which you can see below.

It looks to be a pretty interesting take on Bathory's tale. Delpy portrays her as an older, experienced woman who falls for a much younger man (Daniel Bruhl) under the watchul arm of his father (the one and only William Hurt). He disappears, and she suffers an obsessive love that morphs into a chilling blood lust -- not one of necks and teeth, but draining virgins to try and bathing in it to try and stave off age. I guess if you don't have botox botchulism, you've gotta take what you can get. As the review describes, this lust turns into practical bloodletting: "A metal cage with sharp, slicing knives drains away the blood, which gravitation pulls down into her chamber for long, leisurely baths."

It sounds horrific, but The Countess looks to be much more of an art-house drama -- and whether or not it gets a lot of North American play, it definitely sets Delpy up as a director worthy of much more than low-cost indie romance. As of now, there's no word on a US release, but hopefully that will follow the Germany and Netherlands releases later this year.