Lars von Trier's 'disgusting' new film sparks mass walkouts at Cannes

'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Reveals Lars Von Trier's Controversial Serial Killer Movie

'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Reveals Lars Von Trier's Controversial Serial Killer Movie

You just knew Lars Von Trier was going to stir up some drama with his grand return to Cannes (the filmmaker was banned for seven years as a "persona non grata" after making Hitler jokes while promoting Melancholia). At the time the Cannes board declared the director's comments "unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival".

Variety's Ramin Setoodeh said that he'd never seen anything like this at a film festival.

Critical response to The House That Jack Built has been largely negative.

The movie's first trailer was released back in April. I also like that we'll get to see Uma Thurman on screen again, although based on this trailer, her part is likely to be somewhat small.

- The Oscar Predictor (@OscarPredictor) May 14, 2018why can't Lars von Trier just make a normal fcking movie for once. pushing limits is one thing but he's just a complete sadist expressing his narcissism and contempt for the world through his art.


He is known for his graphic and controversial films. In the end, it looks like The House That Jack Built might end up being shocking for the sake of being shocking and little else. Set in Washington in the 70s and 80s, it follows 12 years in the life of a "highly intelligent" serial killer.

"He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children. and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?" another viewer told Vulture's Kyle Buchanan. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

There's no official US release date yet, but IFC Films will distribute the film sometime this year.

Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an nearly childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations.

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