'It's disgusting': Movie violence prompts mass walkout at Cannes


This is a very bloody, violent trailer - watch out. In this case, however, the brief poetic respite arrives after a 130-minute pileup of torturous, tedious violence, almost all of it directed against women. "For many years I've made films about good women, now I did a film about an evil man", he wrote in the press notes.

One of those who walked out was entertainment reporter Roger Friedman who described it in a tweet as a "vile movie" that "should not have been made". Sadly not, for even fans of von Trier's shamelessly incendiary oeuvre - of which this writer candidly deems himself to be - are likely to find their interest waning long before we reach the tiresome conclusion to this savage, self-indulgent wank fantasy.

Likewise, Variety's New York Bureau Chief Ramin Setoodeh overheard one woman call the film "disgusting".

After having its first trailer released this morning, Lars Von Trier's The House That Jack Built doesn't look like a film for everyone.

Although Dillon turned up in Cannes to promote the film, its other stars Keough and Thurman skipped the world premiere.

The 62-year-old enfant awful has also had to deny accusations he sexually harassed singer Bjork on the set of his 2000 film, "Dancer in the Dark".

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The Danish director's new film The House that Jack Built premiered on Monday night.

The story line follows Jack over a span of 12 years as we get to see his descent into madness.

The Oscar Predictor said: "Just left Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built". Jack is telling Verge about five "incidents" he's picked from his murdering career, which seems to run through the 1970s in an unspecified U.S. town.

Rather than steering clear of Hitler, Von Trier includes clips of the German dictator as well as newsreel footage of his worst crime: decaying corpses piled up in a concentration camp, as Jack muses on the "noble rot" fungus that turns grape juice into fine wine. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

Personally, it's hard to put much belief in those who walked out.