Lars von Trier's new film prompts mass walkout at Cannes


Watch the new House That Jack Built trailer below.

The film marked Von Trier's return to the French movie event, seven years after he was banned for comments he made about Nazism. "What can I say?" Speaking to the Guardian at the time, he said that the film will celebrate "the idea that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus - the rat king". I understand Hitler, ' he said. But come on! I'm not for the Second World War, and I'm not against Jews, ' he added.

In the wake of those remarks, the Cannes festival board declared the Antichrist filmmaker "persona non grata", and he hasn't been back since.

The House That Jack Built also stars Sofie Gråbøl, Johannes Kuhnke, Marijana Jankovic, Osy Ikhile, Jerker Fahlström, Jeremy Davies, and David Bailie.

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The director walked the red carpet along with some of the movie actors for the first time since his appearance at the worldwide film festival in 2011. Also starring Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Ed Speleers, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, and Yu Ji-tae. However, as this is Ol' Papa Genitalia Hater Von Trier we're talking about, The House That Jack Built could be just as disgusting as they suggest - if they walked out early on, guess how much worse it gets? Plus, Dillon's flowery narration induced some slight eye-rolling.

The 62-year-old Danish director is known for controversy, but his latest movie really is sparking strong reactions.

Nonetheless, Jack tries to assert his intellectual credentials by delivering digressive lectures on German dive-bomber design, the role of putrefaction in the production of dessert wine, and the purposes of atrocity in art - a theme illustrated by clips from von Trier's own films.

Ahead of his Monday night premiere, a harrowing teaser trailer dropped featuring the psychopathic protagonist, portrayed by Oscar nominee Matt Dillon.