The film that director Lars von Trier has called his most violent had people exiting the theater way before it ended.
“The House That Jack Built” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night, and its gruesome scenes that saw women and children murdered caused mass disgust, according to reporters at the screening.
“I’ve never seen anything like this at a film festival,” Ramin Setoodeh of Variety tweeted. “More than 100 people have walked out of Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ which depicts the mutilation of women and children. ‘It’s disgusting,’ one woman said on her way out.”
USA Today reported seeing at least a dozen walkouts and hearing a woman asking, “Will you sleep tonight?”
“The House That Jack Built” follows a serial killer, played by Matt Dillon, who embarks on a 12-year murder spree beginning in the 1970s in the United States. (Courtesy of Zentropa)
The film stars Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Matt Dillon — who plays the murderer, Jack.
Apparently von Trier’s depiction of the murders of women is increasingly more violent than the murders of men, according to USA Today.
A reporter for New York Magazine, Kyle Buchanan, asked a regular crowd-goer why they walked out and they responded: “He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children … and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?”
Von Trier is no stranger to controversies. He was banned from Cannes for years following the 2011 affair for joking about “sympathizing with Hitler” in a discussion about his film “Melancholia.”
This is his first Cannes Film Festival since he made the remarks.
Lars von Trier reportedly received a standing ovation at the screening despite the walkouts. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
“The House That Jack Built” follows a serial killer who embarks on a 12-year murder spree beginning in the 1970s in the United States.
There was no press conference for his latest horror.
Von Trier has previously received honors for his films at Cannes, including the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 1996 for “Breaking the Waves” and the Palme d’Or in 2000 for “Dancer in the Dark.”
Source: Ny Daily News