Advance word on the film suggested that it would feature scenes of sadistic violence and brutality, with Cannes director Thierry Fremaux saying that it featured "a subject so controversial" that it could only appear in an out-of-competition slot at the festival. Until then, watch the first trailer above.
Gala guest Jana Krivenkaja from the Czech Republic immediately vaulted "The House That Jack Built" to the top of her Lars von Trier list. "He's not what you would call a good guy, but yeah, I understand much about him and I sympathize with him a little bit".
"The House that Jack Built" stars Matt Dillon as Jack and follows his life over 12 years as he develops into a highly intelligent serial killer.
In the wake of those remarks, the Cannes festival board declared the Antichrist filmmaker "persona non grata", and he hasn't been back since. Time and again we've heard about movies that have left audience members fainting in the aisles but have actually turned out to be considerably tamer than first believed. "Oops. That was maybe a mistake, me getting in this vehicle with you", she says in the trailer, which is soundtracked by David Bowie's iconic "Fame".
It also stars Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Riley Keough.
The trailer for "The House That Jack Built" can be viewed following this article.
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.
Such were the comments of patrons fleeing von Trier's film.
That advance billing seems to have been lived up to, with Variety's Ramin Setoodeh reporting more than 100 people leaving the cinema prematurely due to the film's "disgusting" content.
The House That Jack Built will be released in theaters later this Fall by IFC and is set to premiere today at Cannes.
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