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

Matt Dillon Is a Full On Psycho in the Trailer for Lars Von Trier's The House That Jack Built

Matt Dillon Is a Full On Psycho in the Trailer for Lars Von Trier's The House That Jack Built

The Danish director's new film The House that Jack Built premiered on Monday night. In a report detailing the premiere by IndieWire.com, a member of Variety's press team who attended the screening also described watching the film as "one of the most unpleasant movie-going experiences of his life".

Although he was once a leading proponent of the murky-herky-jerky digital aesthetic known as Dogma 95, von Trier has an instinctive gift for the striking image.

Some people, however, reacted more calmly, discussing the merits and flaws of Von Trier's works, commenting on his trademark provocative style. And I do like several of von Trier's films, including Antichrist and Melancholia.

To coincide with von Trier's return to Cannes they've gone ahead and released the first trailer and you can check it out down below.

"It's disgusting", one woman said as she left the Palais.

The story line follows Jack over a span of 12 years as we get to see his descent into madness. That decision was greeted negatively in some quarters, with critics pointing to allegations made by the musician Björk, who said that Von Trier had sexually harassed her on the set of his film Dancer in the Dark. Also starring Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Ed Speleers, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, and Yu Ji-tae. I've never seen Cannes issue screening tickets with a trigger warning before ("scènes violentes"), but festival officials were perhaps wise to make an exception this time.

Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman was one of the walkouts, calling The House That Jack Built a " vile movie.

The House That Jack Built does not yet have a United Kingdom release date. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the USA - particularly the rise of the new Republican president. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

As an interesting sidenote, those who soldiered through The House That Jack Built reportedly gave it a standing ovation. Let us know what you think.

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