Cannes: Lars Von Trier’s “Disgusting,” “Torturous” Film Sparks Walkouts

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.

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Seen at Cannes 2017: Barbara 

The great lady in black of the French song inspires Mathieu Amalric with a biopic sketch in the form of a declaration of love. Sublime.

As it is difficult to pin down the singular charm of Barbara’s words, melodies and voice, it is equally perilous to sum up the poisonous and heady beauty of her weird biopic. This is perhaps the most striking proof of the success of Mathieu Amalric’s daring venture. Cleverly refusing to yield to the agreed cinematographic hagiography, the actor-director composes a very modern elegy, a succession of moments, a sum of dotted lines which draw in an impressionist way the complex and mysterious silhouette of the singer.

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