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The queen of Nordic Noir, Sofie Gråbøl, is joining acclaimed (but controversial) Danish director Lars von Trier‘s new film, titled The House That Jack Built.

The American actress Riley Keough will also have a role in the film. American actor Matt Dillon is starring as the serial killer.

The House That Jack Built takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. 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 almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult manoeuvres.

This film will be shot in Copenhagen, with Trier finally returning to his home city. The film is supported by the Copenhagen Film Fund, which says of Trier’s return:

“Copenhagen Film Fund is incredibly proud that Lars von Trier will be shooting parts of his upcoming feature in Copenhagen, Denmark after shooting abroad for years. Besides that, it is always exciting to see that Lars is able to attract high profile actors from all around the world, who all see it as an opportunity to grow and a privilege to work closely with him. We will do our best to make sure they have an amazing stay in Copenhagen and we are most proud to be able to contribute to the making of this major international feature”.

Shooting will begin in Trollhättan, Sweden in March and move on to Copenhagen in May.

The film has been pre-sold around the world, which you can learn more about via the TrustNordisk website. 

Lars von Trier also unveiled an image of himself edited into the famous shot from Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr, which you can see below.