Lars von Trier’s upcoming film a source of debate at Cannes

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier may be causing a stir at the Cannes Film Festival in relation to his latest film, The House That Jack Built, The Playlist reports.

His new film, which was rumoured to be released in ‘May 2018’ (the time for Cannes), hasn’t been selected in the Cannes Film Festival programme. There are rumours of a late addition, with Cannes director Thierry Fremaux saying “We’ll know in a couple of weeks, I hope so.”

The rumour is that Cannes wants the film to screen out of competition, whereas Trier is adamant on competing.

Trier has a long and complex history with the Cannes Film Festival. His films have been a mainstay at the festival going back to 1984, when The Element of Crime was nominated for the Palme d’Or. He has been nominated for the coveted prize a total of nine times, winning once for Dancer in the Dark. However, after Trier made some remarks about Hitler at a Cannes press conference in 2011, the festival banned him. When he released Nymphomaniac it screened at the Berlin Film Festival instead, and Trier famously wore a ‘Persona non grata’ Cannes shirt.

The House That Jack Built is about a serial killer in the 1970s and 1980s. The Hollywood Reporter has described it as having “scenes of extreme brutality and violence, comparing it to von Trier’s graphic, controversial Antichrist, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe.”

Here’s hoping the film ends up screening in Cannes; I’m certainly looking forward to seeing it!

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.