Lars Von Trier film prompts mass walkouts at Cannes

"The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built is a new thriller from the Antichrist director, starring Matt Dillon as an artistic serial killer. However, Von Trier's movie led to more than 100 moviegoers leaving the theater before the movie was over because of the sadistic scenes, The Guardian reported.

It's structured as a dialogue between Jack (Matt Dillon), a homicidal maniac, and an unseen interviewer named Verge (Bruno Ganz) - there's a pun in there that I won't give away.

Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman was one of the walkouts, calling The House That Jack Built a " vile movie.

Now, in news that I can not say surprised me, we're hearing that the screening apparently did not go over well.

His first victim appears to be Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman, who plays a woman seeking help when a vehicle malfunction leaves her stranded on the side of the road.

While one audience member added: "I've just walked out of Lars von Trier's premiere at Cannes 2018 because seeing children being shot and killed is not art or entertainment". His "persona non grata" from the Melancholia press conference back in 2011 has been well reported, but he's been let back in with his new film The House That Jack Built, even though it screens out of competition at this year's festival.

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Lars describes his controversial creation as celebrating "the idea that life is evil and soulless".

The 62-year-old Danish director is known for controversy, but his latest movie really is sparking strong reactions. Von Trier's script follows Jack's development as a murderer, following him through five important killings and providing glimpses into his troubling coming-of-age experience.

We learn very early on that Jack has committed at least 60 murders.

The House That Jack Built will premiere at Cannes and awaits US distribution.

Nevertheless Lars still has his fans, with a six-minute standing ovation taking place during the end credits.

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 nearly childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations.