Writer-director Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Melancholia) has gathered together one hell of a cast for his new serial killer thriller The House That Jack Built. On top of Matt Dillon as the titular killer, the movie stars Uma Thurman, Jeremy Davies, and Riley Keough among others.
The film, which the infamous Von Trier warns is his most brutal effort to date, premieres at Cannes this week and IFC will release it to the public later this year.
The House That Jack Built is written and directed by Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Melancholia) and stars Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Grabol, Jeremy Davies, Ji-tae Yu, and Riley Keough. The film premieres at Cannes this week and IFC will then release it to the public later this year.
The House That Jack Built takes place in 1970s USA. 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. 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.