Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Danish director's film leads to walkouts, outrage at Cannes

Danish director's film leads to walkouts, outrage at Cannes

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. The House That Jack Built is an uncompromising, barbaric, distressing watch, and one very hard to stomach. But even by his standards, his latest movie, "The House That Jack Built", managed to alienate enough people to prompt more than 100 walkouts and simultaneous groans at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night. 'What can I say?

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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.

Now, von Trier has been given permission to return to Cannes, and he's doing so with The House That Jack Built. His first victim is Uma Thurman's stranded road traveler (credited as "Lady 1"), an albeit annoying individual who insists that Jack take her to a nearby blacksmiths to weld back together the jack needed to fix her auto.

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The film stars Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, and David Bailie. "The House That Jack Built" will be viewed by the press today. Plus, Dillon's flowery narration induced some slight eye-rolling. And I do like several of von Trier's films, including Antichrist and Melancholia. The film debuts out of competition on May 14.

There's no official US release date yet, but IFC Films will distribute the film sometime this year.

In typical Von Trier fashion, and as he promised, the film is drenched in subtle brutality and blood as Matt Dillon's journey as Jack unfolds into a serial killer.

We learn very early on that Jack has committed at least 60 murders.

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