Lars von Trier's Return to Cannes Provokes Outrage and Accolades

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Lars von Trier has broken his silence on the reception to his latest film, The House That Jack Built, which premiered at the Cannes film festival on Monday to widespread outrage, a mass walkout and tepid reviews.

This marked von Trier's first appearance at the film festival since 2011, when his controversial press conference comments about "sympathizing with Hitler" led to a seven-year-ban. However, when the final credits rolled, von Trier received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.

- Chris Petry (@ChrisPetry89)when people walk out of a movie premiere you KNOW that movie will be unbelievable #TheHouseThatJackBuilt#LarsVonTrier new movie shown at #CannesFilmFestival has apparently caused numerous critics to walk out of the theatre.

"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.

IFC Films already has acquired US distribution rights to The House That Jack Built and will release it in theatres this fall.

Initially, the Director planned to shoot a TV series, but later "the House that Jack built" turned into a feature film.

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The trailer hints at some of the more controversial scenes including Jack mutilating a young woman and later murdering children. The House That Jack Built isn't even the first von Trier movie to be met with disgust: 2009's Antichrist was jeered throughout its runtime.

There's Something About Mary and The Outsiders actor Matt Dillon stars as the serial killer Jack.

Variety's Ramin Setoodeh said he's never "seen anything like it", adding it was "one of the most unpleasant movie-going experiences of my life". In an interview with Cineuropa, the Danish director said he was pleased by the reaction and it made him "very relaxed".

If you haven't already guessed, Von Trier is having a self-indulgent ball, poking fun at his body of work and the notion that he hates women, while also toying with the tropes of the serial killer thriller.