Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The viewing will be the first time the Danish director will make an appearance at the festival after being banned for making sympathetic Hitler remarks during the premiere of his film Melancholia. The House That Jack Built marks a reunion between Uma Thurman and von Trier following the film Nymphomaniac.
The film was originally planned as an ensemble TV series. IFC Films released new first look photos from the serial killer drama that stars Matt Dillon.“The greatest cathedrals have sublime artwork hidden in the darkest of corners for only God to see… so does MURDER!” reads the official synopsis.
“USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.
“Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. The goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds. 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 almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers.”
The Cannes festival will close with Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The House That Jack Built, and Gilliam’s long-awaited film, films will screen out of competition.
The House That Jack Built Cast
The House That Jack Built stars Matt Dillon, best known for his roles in such films as Drugstore Cowboy, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, There’s Something About Mary and Crash, will play Jack, the notorious murderer as a person who believes his killings are art. Thurman plays his first victim.
“It’s with great pleasure that we have succeeded in being able to present Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz as the lead actors in The House That Jack Built,” von Trier said in a statement when the film was first being cast.
“The two gentlemen have each figured as milestones in my cinematic development. Besides being an epochal match, they are excellent actors and fit quite organically into my cinematic family. I look forward with pleasure and pride to working with them both.”
The House that Jack Built will co-star Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who will be playing a character named Verge. The film also stars Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, and Jeremy Davies.
The House That Jack Built Trailer
You can watch the trailer here:
The House That Jack Built Release Date
The House That Jack Built will be released in fall 2018.