Lars von Trier's Return to Cannes Provokes Outrage and Accolades

Lawrence Kim
May 18, 2018

The House That Jack Built is filmed from the perspective of a highly intelligent serial killer, played by Matt Dillon, and focuses on a number of graphic murders throughout his 12 year "career".

Two of the film's co-stars, Riley Keough and Uma Thurman, didn't attend this year's festival, citing scheduling conflicts.

- Fuckface Jack ❤♠ (@CheNirvana)#TheHouseThatJackBuilt response at #Cannes is flawless marketing for the film, now thousands of people will be intrigued by what happens in movie that made people walk out of the screening.

Prior to the "Jack" screening, von Trier received a prolonged standing ovation from the audience. The story follows the killer over a decade, showing his downfall into becoming a serial killer.

One of those who left before the end was the Showbiz 411.com reviewer, who tweeted: "Walked out on LarsvonTrier".

Vile or not, the movie sure has garnered the buzz it needed.

'And I've never killed anyone myself...

The premiere of Lars von Trier's new film The House That Jack Built saw a mass walkout occur, with viewers disgusted by the movie's depiction of gruesome murder. "It's disgusting", one woman said on her way out.

"Yeah. Because, you know, if you stand up and walk out then you have had a thought process before for a long time you think, "I'm not gonna stand for this" or 'I can't take this, ' or whatever".

Danish director Lars Von Trier is well known for his controversial films and his equally controversial statements.

What are your future plans, as far as films and filming are concerned I have an idea for a series of 36 ten-minute films that will be called Etudes. I've been through quite a big programme in order to deal with my alcohol problem, where you learn how to see things more "carpe diem", to seize the moment.

The festival had just lifted a ban on the controversial director - after he joked in 2011 that he sympathised with Hitler - so he could screen this new film.

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