THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT TO OPEN CPH PIX

Trier is back, and his Cannes stunner ‘The House That Jack Built’ will have its Danish gala premiere opening the 10th edition of CPH PIX – Denmark’s largest feature film festival.

Photo: Zentropa/Christian Geisnæs

Few Danish films have been as highly anticipated as the latest from maverick filmmaker Lars von Trier, and when ‘The House That Jack Built’ kicks off the 10th CPH PIX at the Imperial cinema in Copenhagen on September 26th, it highlights the festival’s special focus on bold filmmaking and Danish cinema.

“We couldn’t ask for a better opening film. It was talk of town in Cannes but no one in Copenhagen has had a chance to experience it yet, and they are in for a treat,” says Festival Director Jacob Neiiendam. “We are thrilled that Zentropa and Lars himself has decided to premiere with us before the films domestic release on November 29.”

 

Matt Dillon stars as Jack in ‘The House That Jack Built’ – a failed architect turned serial killer. We follow the life of Jack through 12 years and the killings he commits. Each murder is a work of art to Jack, and despite the police zoning in on him, he grows increasingly daring and takes risk after risk in his attempt to create the ultimate murder masterpiece. Besides Dillon, the film is also starring Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Sofie Gråbøl among others.

‘The House That Jack Built’ is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Group in co-production with Film i Väst, Copenhagen Film Fund, Slot Machine, with support from Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Centre National du Cinema et de l’image animée, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, Creative Europe Programme – media of the European Union, and in cooperation with DR, ZDF/ARTE, SVT. Nordic distribution through Nordisk Film and TrustNordisk handles international sales.

 

New local as well as international talents will also be on display in the full programme, which will be released September 5th. Already confirmed for the New Talent Grand PIX competition are Isabella Eklöf’s ‘Holiday’ and Rasmus Kloster Bros ‘Cutterhead’. They will be joined by eight other films in the festival’s competition for first-time directors.

 

The full festival programme is announced on September 5th.

CPH PIX runs between September 27th September and 10th October in Copenhagen.

 

‘The House That Jack Built’ is the opening film at CPH PIX’s official opening gala on September 26th in Imperial. Tickets are available for purchase in September.

 

Press release from CPH PIX

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT SELECTED FOR CANNES

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival is fast approaching and the festival has just announced that Lars von Trier’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT has been added to the Official Selection – Out of Competition at this years festival.

This will be the 10thtime Lars von Trier is in Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival. In 2000 he won The Palme d‘Or for DANCER IN THE DARK and following of his other works have been selected for and have won awards in Main Competition at the festival: THE ELEMENT OF CRIME (1984); EUROPA (1991); BREAKING THE WAVES (1996); THE IDIOTS (1998); DOGVILLE (2003); MANDERLAY (2005); ANTICHRIST (2009); MELANCHOLIA (2011). 

The cast of THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT consists of Matt Dillon (WAYWARD PINES, 2016; CRASH, 2004) as Jack, Bruno Ganz (DOWNFALL, 2004) as Verge and Uma Thurman (NYMPHOMANIAC, 2013; PULP FICTION, 1995), Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience, 2016; Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015), Siobhan Fallon Hogan (DANCER IN THE DARK, 2000; DOGVILLE, 2003) and Sofie Gråbøl (THE DAY WILL COME, 2016; THE KILLING, 2012) will appear as some of the unfortunate women who encounter Jack along his way. 

 

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 manoeuvres.

 

The film has been sold to U.S. (IFC), UK and Ireland (Curzon Artificial Eye), Germany, Austria (Telemünchen), France (Les Films Du Losange), Latin America (California Filmes), Italy (Videa), Benelux (September film), Greece (Seven Films), Portugal (Leopardo filmes), Israel (Shani Film), Middle East (Falcon Films), China (DD Dream), Hong Kong (Sundream), South Korea (Atnine Film), Russia/CIS (Russian World Vision), Poland (Gutek), Hungary (Vertigo Media), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania group), Czech Republic (Aero film), Bulgaria (Euro Films), Romania (Independenta Film 97) and Baltic States (Estin Film).

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Group in co-production with Film i Väst, Copenhagen Film Fund, Slot Machine, with support from Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Centre National du Cinema et de l’image animée, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, The Media Programme of the European Union, and in cooperation with DR, SVT. 

Nordic distribution through Nordisk Film. TrustNordisk handles international sales.

 

Press release from TrustNordisk.

LARS VON TRIER INSPIRED BY DONALD TRUMP FOR NEW FILM