The House That Jack Built is written and directed by Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Melancholia) and stars Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Grabol, Jeremy Davies, Ji-tae Yu, and Riley Keough.
Starring Matt Dillon, who plays a serial killer, the film has sparked outrage at the renowned worldwide festival. The premiere included dozens of walkouts and reviews were fiercely divided, with some critics praising von Trier's vision and others slamming it as repulsive.
Danish director Lars Von Trier is well known for his controversial films and his equally controversial statements.
"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". I'm not sure if they hated it enough, though. The screening caused quite a stir, with many people feeling nauseous and even more people leaving before the film had even finished. If it gets too popular, I'll have a problem.
I've never seen anything like this at a film festival.
Ahead of its screening at Cannes, it was decided by the festival's director Thierry Frémaux that the film was "so controversial" it couldn't receive any awards. "So anything that makes people think, I believe is sound". If I do, it will probably be a journalist.
How does it feel to return to Cannes again, this time "back from the cold", so to speak?
On Monday night when Lars von Trier's latest film, The House That Jack Built, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, audiences had mixed reactions. The film was instead shown at an out-of-competition slot.
- 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.