Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Lars von Trier serial killer movie causes mass walkout at Cannes

Lars von Trier serial killer movie causes mass walkout at Cannes

Lars von Trier was declared "persona non grata" at the Cannes Film Festival seven years ago after he made a flippant remark about sympathising with Hitler at a press conference for Melancholia. What can I say?

The movie, starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, is a dark comic thriller following a serial killer over the course of several decades, according to The Guardian.

Here's all you need to know about Lars von Trier's latest film, The House that Jack Built, including its trailer, cast, release date and critics' reviews.

IFC Films already has acquired USA distribution rights to The House That Jack Built and will release it in theatres this fall.

- Chris Petry (@ChrisPetry89)when people walk out of a movie premiere you KNOW that movie will be awesome #TheHouseThatJackBuilt#LarsVonTrier new movie shown at #CannesFilmFestival has apparently caused numerous critics to walk out of the theatre.

We experience the story from Jack's point of view.

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The critics and attendees responding to The House That Jack Built exhibited numerous typical scandalized responses to movies, including haughty high dudgeon ("he mutilates children... we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?"), assignations of moral culpability, declarations that some depictions of violence become "not art", and projection against a theoretical "filmbro" dumb enough to like it.

The House That Jack Built hasn't yet got a United Kingdom release date, but the film is scheduled to come out in Denmark on November 29, 2018.

Other cast members include American Honey's Riley Keough, Lost and Justified alum Jeremy Davies, and Swiss actor Bruno Ganz.

Von Trier has a right laugh, prodding his critics with images of the Holocaust, and using his protagonist as a mouthpiece for empty apologies.

Variety's Ramin Setoodeh said he's never "seen anything like it", adding it was "one of the most unpleasant movie-going experiences of my life".

Asked about his research for the film, Von Trier said he had read a lot of Patricia Highsmith and that it was "a pleasure to write".

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