If you're familiar with Lars von Trier's body of work, (Antichrist, Dogville, Melancholia) you'll know that the Danish director is persona non grata at the Cannes Film Festival, and earlier today, that reputation reached legendary status.
The walkout came despite audience members being forewarned that the movie featured "sadistic violence and brutality" and Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux saying that it was so controversial it would only screen outside competition. Also giving the film two stars was the Telegraph's Robbie Collin, who wrote it "feels like way too much and nowhere near enough", while, in an F-grade review, The Playlist's Jessica Kiang described it as "misogynistic" and "irredeemably unpleasant". 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. The film marked Lars' return to the French movie event, seven years after he was banned for comments he made about Nazism.
The film will debut in the United States later this fall, though we can only expect that there's going to be even more controversial debate around the feature as more audience members get a glimpse into the disturbing project.
- Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) May 14, 2018Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built.
The trailer for "The House That Jack Built" can be viewed following this article. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. The movie is extremely graphic.
"The House That Jack Built takes place in 1970s USA". Setoodeh reports that the film received a standing ovation at the Cannes premiere, which prompted someone sitting near him to declare: "They'll clap for anything". How von Trier's perceived in reality is at the very heart of von Trier's fiction, and thus the prospect of his serial-killer movie was more or less written in stone from the moment it was announced.