Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Danish director's film leads to walkouts, outrage at Cannes

Danish director's film leads to walkouts, outrage at Cannes

This morning, on the eve of its Cannes premiere, IFC Films unleashed the first trailer for The House That Jack Built, the latest foray into madness from von Trier, which stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon as a serial killer who "views each of his murders as a work of art".

The extremely graphic film sees Dillon play Jack, a serial killer, as he murders over a 12 year period, including Uma Thurman's Lady 1 - as seen in the trailer. Those mass walkouts were trigged by brutal sequences of mutilation and torture, including children, and of course women (it's Von Trier, after all).

The scene which seems to have prompted the majority of walkouts is one in which Dillon's character shoots two children at a family picnic in the head with a rifle.

"After that, a steady stream of patrons fled the theater, many of them looking furious or muttering under their breath".

By the end of the film, the balcony of the theatre was half empty. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the USA - particularly the rise of the new Republican president.

Showbiz 411 wrote: "Walked out on Lars von Trier". Now, von Trier has been given permission to return to Cannes, and he's doing so with The House That Jack Built.

Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous. The movie is already notable for bringing Von Trier back to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time since being named a persona non grata in 2011 for making a comment about Nazism during the "Meloncholia" press conference.

Lars describes his controversial creation as celebrating "the idea that life is evil and soulless". Look unpleasant? Sure. But I wouldn't want him to suddenly go chaste on us, and the career high of Nymphomaniac is a good place from which to start a new provocation.

"I don't agree. I believe heaven and hell are one and the same". The soul belongs to heaven.

IFC Films is releasing The House That Jack Built for the US, but no release date has been announced at this time.

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