Thursday, 24 May, 2018

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

“The House That Jack Built” IFC Films
Lora Ball | 15 May, 2018, 12:46

A knife in the throat, suspended leg, a bloody Uma Thurman in the auto, a sniper game, with bullets, riding with a corpse in the bag the faint of heart need not watch.

In the years since it was announced, actual materials surrounding Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built have been scant - an image here, the briefest of teasers there - but we don't need the sad Dane to tell us it "celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless" to know what's coming. "I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end", von Trier said during a news conference for his 2011 in competition film Melancholia.

@OscarPredictor wrote, "Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built".

The House That Jack Built also stars Sofie Gråbøl, Johannes Kuhnke, Marijana Jankovic, Osy Ikhile, Jerker Fahlström, Jeremy Davies, and David Bailie. The trailer above isn't cut like your standard movie trailer - there's a lot of long stretches of silence. This is not surprising considering it's a serial killer movie directed by the guy who gave us Antichrist, which might just be the actual grosses, hardest to watch movie of the 21st century.

I feel a bit ambivalent about this film.

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The 62-year-old Danish director is known for controversy, but his latest movie really is sparking strong reactions.

Not everyone seems to have been appalled by The House That Jack Built, however.

Nonetheless, those who remained in their seats until the very end met von Trier with a "10-minute standing ovation", similar to that received by Spike Lee earlier in the day for his film, BlackKklansman. The House That Jack Built premieres at Cannes today (May 14), so we'll likely hear how the film is sooner rather than later. We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself.

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

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