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Lars Von Trier invited to Cannes

The Zentropa produced film 'The House that Jack Built' directed by Lars Von Trier has been invited to Cannes Film Festival out of competetion line-up as part of the Official Selection. 

On Thursday the19th of April, The Cannes Film Festival announced that Zentropa and Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built' is invited to this years Official Selection as part of the Out of Competition line-up.

Trier was last in Cannes in 2011 with 'Melancholia,' and the selection of his new film marks the tenth time the Danish director has a film in the Official Selection. In 2000 he won the Palme d'Or for his musical 'Dancer in the Dark' with Björk in the lead. The Icelandic singer received the festival's Best Actress Award.

'The House that Jack Built'

The film takes place in the US in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through five incidents and are introduced to the murders that define his development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view and how he views each murder as an artwork, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition 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 manoeuvres.

Matt Dillon features as Jack, while Verge is played by Bruno Ganz. A strong female cast includes Uma Thurman, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough and Siobhan Fallon Hogan.

Trier wrote the script based on his and Jenle Hallund's idea. Zentropa is producing and a large part of the team is known from the director's previous film, including producer Louise Vesth, cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro, editor Molly Malene Stensgaard and co-editor Jacob Schulsinger, production designer Simone Grau Roney and sound designer Kristian Eidnes Andersen.

The film is supported by the Danish Film Institute, among other backers, and is made in co-production with Film i Väst, Copenhagen Film Fund and Slot Machine

International sales agent TrustNordisk reports of the film having been sold for distribution in the US, UK, Germany, France, Latin America, China, Russia and several more territories.

'The House that Jack Built' will be having its domestic release in fall 2018.

Source: DFI