This morning, on the eve of its Cannes premiere, IFC Films unleashed the first trailer for The House That Jack Built, the latest foray into madness from von Trier, which stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon as a serial killer who "views each of his murders as a work of art". And again, he has brewed up another storm as 100 members of the audience walked out of the movie screening at Grand Théâtre Lumière "disgusted" by what they had witnessed.
We're spare the details, but consistent women and child mutilation are not off the menu, neither is the suffering of a poor duckling, a younger Jack seen pinching off one its feet before releasing it back into the lake to watch it struggle to swim away. The film, starring Matt Dillon, is von Trier's take on a serial killer thriller so it should come as no surprise that it caused quite a stir at Cannes. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the United States - particularly the rise of the new Republican president.
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The Oscar Predictor said: "Just left Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built". The film premieres in Cannes, out of competition, Monday night.
Lars describes his controversial creation as celebrating "the idea that life is evil and soulless". But who knows - the film might turn out to be surprisingly great. Jack is telling Verge about five "incidents" he's picked from his murdering career, which seems to run through the 1970s in an unspecified U.S. town.
Those who did stick it out gave the movie a six-minute long standing ovation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, as this is Ol' Papa Genitalia Hater Von Trier we're talking about, The House That Jack Built could be just as disgusting as they suggest - if they walked out early on, guess how much worse it gets? As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.