It’s Official: Lars von Trier is returning to Cannes

Lars von Trier will premiere his new film The House That Jack Built at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The film will screen in the Out of Competition section.

Trier was declared a ‘persona non grata’ by the Cannes Film Festival seven years ago after he made a joke that he ‘sympathised with Hitler’ during a press conference for Melancholia.

It has been a hot rumour that Trier will make a comeback after the Cannes Film Festival released their programme a week ago with no mention of him.

The House That Jack Built stars Matt Dillon as Jack, a serial killer who goes on a 12-year murder spree in 1970s USA. Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing) are among the actresses cast as Jack’s victims in the film. With typical black humour, von Trier has described the film as celebrating “the idea that life is evil and soulless.”The film has been described as being similar in extreme brutality and violence to Antichrist.

Trier has since announced his new project, which will be a collection of short films that will be more calming than The House That Jack Built, with Trier claiming in a recent interview that the production of Jack left him with anxiety and problems with alcohol. You can read about that here.

I, for one, am excited about Trier’s comeback and am eager to see his new film!

You can watch the teaser trailer here. 



Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.