Lars Von Trier's Trump-inspired horror sparks mass walkout at Cannes

Lars Von Trier's Trump-inspired horror sparks mass walkout at Cannes

Lars Von Trier's Trump-inspired horror sparks mass walkout at Cannes

Danish director Lars Von Trier's much-anticipated return to Cannes has resulted - with some predictability - in controversy, as a screening of his new film The House That Jack Built was met with mass walkouts. This is a very bloody, violent trailer - watch out.

While one audience member added: "I've just walked out of Lars von Trier's premiere at Cannes 2018 because seeing children being shot and killed is not art or entertainment". This is the first film directed in 2011, which was shown in Cannes, because then he was declared a persona non grata because of sharp statements.

The House That Jack Built, which supposedly sees Dillon mutilate actress Riley Keough and even a few children, screened out of competition - though it's believed to have been the "day's major festival draw".

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The House That Jack Built also stars Sofie Gråbøl, Johannes Kuhnke, Marijana Jankovic, Osy Ikhile, Jerker Fahlström, Jeremy Davies, and David Bailie.

Now, in news that I can not say surprised me, we're hearing that the screening apparently did not go over well. The trailer above isn't cut like your standard movie trailer - there's a lot of long stretches of silence.

I feel a bit ambivalent about this film.

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- The Oscar Predictor (@OscarPredictor) May 14, 2018why can't Lars von Trier just make a normal fcking movie for once. pushing limits is one thing but he's just a complete sadist expressing his narcissism and contempt for the world through his art.

Not everyone seems to have been appalled by The House That Jack Built, however.

The House That Jack Built does not yet have a United Kingdom release date. Set in Washington in the 70s and 80s, it follows 12 years in the life of a "highly intelligent" serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. The goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an nearly childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, unsafe and hard maneuvers.

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