Lars von Trier returning to Cannes after seven-year exile

Lawrence Kim
April 19, 2018

Thierry Frémaux has confirmed Trier will return to the festival for the first time since 2011's "Melancholia" with his serial killer drama "The House That Jack Built".

Festival bosses have also revealed a number of other films that will feature at the event, including Kevin Macdonald's documentary about the life of Whitney Houston, and Fahrenheit 451, an adaptation of the acclaimed science-fiction novel starring Sofia Boutella, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.

The competition lineup also further expands, with Yann Gonzalez's Vanessa Paradis-led drama Knife + Heart and Kazakh Sergey Dvortsevoy's Ayka joining the group.

"I've thought out a little plan to make some very modest, small films of a duration of 10 minutes each, which are called Études, where you try something new - narratively, technically or in terms of characters". Jack's victims are played by Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, and Riley Keough.

Trier has a long history with Cannes.

The Nymphomaniac director was also hit by controversy past year when the singer Bjork, who starred his 2000 Cannes Palme d'Or victor Dancer in the Dark, accused him of sexual harassment. What can I say?

On Tuesday, Fremaux told France's Europe 1 radio station that Cannes president Pierre Lescure was working on removing von Trier's person non grata label, "thinking that it's perhaps time to make a place for him as a filmmaker again".

Von Trier qualified that "I don't mean I'm in favor of World War II and I'm not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier" before digging himself deeper. That didn't stop von Trier from wearing, at the Berlin premiere of his two-part sex epic Nymphomaniac, a cheeky T-shirt emblazoned with the Cannes logo and the words "Persona Non Grata".

But Cannes, and the festival's favorite enfant awful, didn't get where they are today by being scared of scandal.

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