The director presented his first film at the festival since getting temporarily banned for making Hitler jokes in 2011.
Lars von Trier has officially ended his Cannes exile with a divisive film that viewers on Twitter said have sparked walkouts.
On Monday, the controversial Danish director walked the red carpet at the Palais for the world premiere of The House that Jack Built, playing out of competition, marking his first appearance at the festival since Melancholia in 2011, when his jokes in the press conference about “sympathizing with Hitler” led to him getting temporarily banned.
The House that Jack Built sees Matt Dillon stars as Jack, a serial killer who views his murders as elaborate works of art. Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Bruno Ganz co-star.
IFC Films has the title for the U.S. and earlier in the day dropped the first trailer, in which Dillon is shown going about several brutal killings, as well as spouting philosophy. At one point he notes: “Some people claim that the atrocities we commit in our fictions are those inner desires we cannot commit in our controlled civilization. So they are expressed instead through our art. I don’t agree. I believe heaven and hell are one and the same. The soul belongs to heaven. And the body to hell.”
Several Twitter users who attended the film screening said that many moviegoers left the film before it ended, pointing to brutal and “vile” parts of the film [ . . . ]