Lars von Trier's new film prompts major walkouts at Cannes

Oscar Cross
May 15, 2018

Last night he came back, persona non grata status rescinded, with a film whose hero claims to sympathise with - well, have a guess.

Oh no, says Jack, over documentary clips of actual massacres, including footage from a concentration camp of piles of Holocaust victims' bodies being bulldozed into pits. "Art is vaster than we could ever understand".

According to Variety hundreds of people walked out during the screening of the film groaning and called the movie disgusting.

"The House That Jack Built takes place in 1970s USA".

FaceĀ Matt Dillon 54 stars in the 62-year-old-director's new flick which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday
FaceĀ Matt Dillon 54 stars in the 62-year-old-director's new flick which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday

During a break in the film's production past year, the director - along with cast members Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman [VIDEO] - attended a press conference with ScreenDaily.com regarding the details of the project. Judging by the latest trailer, the project - debuting in the shadow of the Danish director's equally disturbing projects like Melancholia, Antichrist, and both Nymphomaniac films - looks to uphold his reputation as one of the most notorious storytellers working today. 'I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end'.

One reportedly said to Kyle Buchanan of New York Magazine: "He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children. and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?".

While one audience member added: "I've just walked out of Lars von Trier's premiere at Cannes 2018 because seeing children being shot and killed is not art or entertainment".

@OscarPredictor wrote, "Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built". He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. "The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale". As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Despite a large number of viewers departing the screening early due to being unable to stomach the narrative of the film, the director still received a 10-minute standing ovation for the movie.


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