Saturday, 15 December, 2018

The House That Jack Built, Cannes Film Festival

Courtesy of Cannes'The House That Jack Built Courtesy of Cannes'The House That Jack Built
Freda Brock | 15 May, 2018, 14:39

The film was screened in the 2,400-seat Grand Théâtre this Monday evening and, according to Variety.com, over 100 guests exited in protest, though many more believe half the viewers departed early.

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.

IFC Films on Monday dropped the first trailer for Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built.

Talked to someone who walked out of the Lars von Trier film at Cannes: "He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children... and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?"

Interestingly, Cannes 2018 is the first time Lars Von Trier has attended the festival since his controversial comments back in 2011 when he said that he sympathised with Hitler. "Torturous. Pathetic", wrote one attendee on Twitter, while entertainment reporter Roger Friedman described it as a "vile movie" that "should not have been made".

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- Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 14, 2018I've never seen anything like this at a film festival. "The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale".

There may have been a few walkouts throughout the film's more brutal scenes, but, like numerous director's films, there were plenty who found merit in it. Matt Dillon takes the lead role of Jack, who has no problem with mutilating his victims.

We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. The goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds.

The trailer, which alludes to the life of the killer and how he sees the world, is full of blood and gore - which only rattled the anxiety around the film's upcoming release. Let us know what you think.

However, Setoodeh reported that those remaining in the cinema did give its director an ovation after its finale.

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