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The House That Jack Built

Lars von Trier
Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden 2018 / 155’
The Guilty The Wild Pear Tree

For some, a masterpiece of contemporary cinema; for others, one of the most terrifying films of recent years. Laced with black humor, this is the long-awaited new film from Lars von Trier, the maker of NymphomaniacAntichrist and Melancholia. Von Trier has made a lot of films about good women; this time, he decided to make one about a bad man. The eponymous Jack is a new addition to the pantheon of serial killers, alongside the Joker, Jack the Ripper, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille from Perfume and Hannibal Lecter. Starring Matt Dillion, Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman, this is a provocative and bold film, full of visual ideas that seeks answers to questions about the nature of good and evil. Von Trier shows more than a decade in the life of a serial killer who, with every crime, perfects his bloody modus operandi. Jack is a thinker, someone who looks for solutions, a passionate engineer and architect, but when we watch him stage a crime scene and prepare the corpse to be photographed, there is no doubt that he has something of an artist in him. It's even somewhat like the work of the director on a film set. In portraying the cruel but devilishly brilliant Jack, Von Trier draws on themes from Goethe, the paintings of Francis Bacon and Eugène Delacroix, the poetry of William Blake, the music of the outstanding pianist Glenn Gould and even his own works. He invites the viewer to take part in the performance, which requires not only strong nerves but also an open mind. However, this approach is paid back with interest.

Katarzyna Wolanin

Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier was born in Copenhagen in 1956. Together with Thomas Vinterberg, he created the Dogma 95 manifesto, which called for a return to realism in cinema. He is the co-owner and co-founder of Zentropa, one of the most important production companies in Scandinavia. He won the Palme d'Or atthe CannesFestival for Dancer in the Dark (2000) and European Film Awards for Dogville (2003)andMelancholia (2011), in addition to more than 90 other awards. In 2011, he was expelled from Cannes for pro-Nazi statements and was able to return only seven years later.

Selected filmography

1984 Element zbrodni / Forbrydelsens element / The Element of Crime

1991 Europa

1996 Przełamując fale / Breaking the Waves

1998 Idioci / Idioterne / The Idiots

2000 Tańcząc w ciemnościach / Dancer in the Dark

2003 Dogville

2005 Manderlay

2009 Antychryst / Antichrist

2011 Melancholia

2013 Nimfomanka / Nymphomaniac

Cast & Crew

director Lars von Trier
screenplay Lars von Trier
cinematography Manuel Alberto Claro
editing Jacob Secher Schulsinger
music Víctor Reyes
cast Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl
producer Louise Vesth, Jonas Bagger, Bettina Brokemper, Madeleine Ekman, Lizette Jonjic, Tine Grew Pfeiffer
production Zentropa, Film i Väst
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour