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Gruesome First Look at Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival is fast approaching and with Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built set as an official selection comes a series of images, one that’s extraordinarily violent. 

Set in the U.S. in the 1970s, House revolves around a serial killer, who is played by Matt Dillon (“Wayward Pines”), who views each of his murders as a work of art. Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Bruno Ganz (Downfall), and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) also star with South Korean actor, Yu Ji-tae, best known to us genre fans as the antagonist in Park Chan-wook’s 2003 hardboiled thriller Oldboy.

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 maneuvers.”

This will be the 10thtime Lars von Trier is in Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival. IFC Films will be releasing the film in the States later this year.



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