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The early reactions are in for the Cannes premiere of ‘The House That Jack Built’

Lars von Trier’s new movie The House That Jack Built has had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and of course there has been some controversy surrounding the movie.

First off, here are the photos from the photo call ahead of the premiere:

During the premiere, more than 100 people walked out and groans could be heard throughout the theatre.

The House That Jack Built follows a serial killer as he mutilates and strangles his victims. The movie has been described as very graphic, and one of the most controversial scenes involves Jack shooting a hunting rifle at two small children, as he blows their heads off. This caused dozens of walkouts.

However, despite the fact that a large number of people had left the theatre, those who remained gave Lars von Trier a standing ovation. Trier is, after all, regarded as a cinematic visionary in France.

Honestly, reactions like this aren’t surprising for a Lars von Trier movie. His previous films The Idiots and Antichrist were booed at the festival, with British film critic Mark Kermode ejected from the 1998 Cannes showing of The Idiots for shouting “Il est merde! Il est merde!”(“It is shit”) from the audience. It seems that it’s an interesting mix of Lars von Trier wanting press like this, and the critics wanting to give strong reactions.

At the end of the day, it’s a Lars von Trier film about a serial killer – it wasn’t exactly going to be a pleasant walk in the park.

The House That Jack Built will have its Danish premiere in early November.

You can watch a trailer for the film here. 

Here are some Tweets from the premiere:

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.