Cannes Audiences Walked Out Of A Screening For Lars Von Trier’s Latest Movie

May 15, 2018 / Posted by:

Lars Von Trier was invited back to Cannes again this year after sitting out a seven year ban for saying Hitler was a swell guy when promoting 2011’s Melancholia. (If you don’t remember, watch the clip, if only for Kirsten Dunst’s pained reaction, one of the many reasons I think she’s swell). He was back this year with his latest film, The House That Jack Built, which is about a serial killer, played by Matt Dillon. And things didn’t go so well again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the snooty patooty Cannes crowd walked out on the screening in droves because they were shocked (shocked I tell you!) at the gruesomeness of the movie. To which I say: What did you ding dongs expect!?

Here’s the trailer for THTJB.

Damn, I wish Uma Thurman would stop getting her ass beat to hell on film. Speaking of Uma, she skipped Cannes this year but Matt and was there and walked the carpet with Lars.

THR reports that Lars was at first greeted with a standing ovation at the beginning of the screening until they realised that THTJB wasn’t a lake house and Sandra Bullock wasn’t going to show up and fall in love. Alas, “the cheers soon turned to groans as several audience members fled for the exits in the middle” of the screening. #whofarted

I’ve got news for you, pretentious Cannes audience member, your tuxedo can’t save you from Satan, pal!

Quick question, though, when has Lars Von Trier ever NOT been a creepy auteur about whom you probably wouldn’t be surprised if you heard he’d tasted human flesh? It’s kind of his whole deal, isn’t it? He’s always controversial but he’s pretty predictable. The fact that they invited him back at all is a mystery.

Cannes seems like such a weird scene. No selfies or flats are allowed but Roman Polanski and possible nazi and alleged Björk abuser LVT are A-OK? Got it. I think I’ll continue to not go despite the countless embossed invitations I’ve thrown in the trash over the years.


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