Von Trier's "The House That Jack Built" premiered in Cannes this week, and according to reports, hundreds of people walked out of the theater, disgusted by the depiction of the murder and mutilation. What can I say?
In fact, he was at one point from the Cannes Film Festival for saying about Hitler: "He's not what you would call a good guy but I understand him".
"He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children ... and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?" another viewer told Vulture's Kyle Buchanan.
Starring Matt Dillon, who plays a serial killer, the film has sparked outrage at the renowned global festival.
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The critics and attendees responding to The House That Jack Built exhibited numerous typical scandalized responses to movies, including haughty high dudgeon ("he mutilates children... we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?"), assignations of moral culpability, declarations that some depictions of violence become "not art", and projection against a theoretical "filmbro" dumb enough to like it.
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Variety reported that more than 100 people left the screening of The House That Jack Built due to the film's "disgusting" content.
There's Something About Mary and The Outsiders actor Matt Dillon stars as the serial killer Jack.
During his career, von Trier has earned more than 100 awards at film festivals around the world.
I've never seen anything like this at a film festival. In an interview with Cineuropa, the Danish director said he was pleased by the reaction and it made him "very relaxed".
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Even though half of the balcony in the cinema was empty when the movie ended, those still in attendance took to their feet to applaud von Trier, who has not premiered a project at Cannes since 2011.