Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan to star in von Trier film

Film i Väst and Zentropa has announced additional cast to Lars von Trier’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan joins the rank of unfortunate women who encounters serial killer Jack, played by Matt Dillon and joins recently announced Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl. Also starring is Bruno Ganz in the role as Verge.

Both Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan have previously worked with Lars von Trier – Thurman as the prominent Ms. H in NYMPHOMANIAC (2013), and Siobhan Fallon Hogan starring in Triers highly acclaimed and award winning DANCER IN THE DARK (2000) and DOGVILLE (2003).

Zentropa producer, Louise Vesth says: “With these two fantastic actresses, the main cast is now in place, and we are ready to shoot – and kill…

Uma and Lars first worked together on Nymphomaniac and complimented each other in an exceptional way; I can’t wait to see which character they’ll create together this time.

Lars has had Siobhan in mind from a very early stage for one of the female parts, and it is an honor for us to welcome her back on set since her appearance in Dogville and Dancer in the Dark.”

During Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month, von Trier published an image of himself with a cinematic reference (link) and followed up with a teasing statement to The Guardian: “THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus – the rat king.”

Shooting in Sweden

Zentropa will begin shooting in Trollhättan, Sweden in March and move on to Copenhagen in May.

The shootings in Trollhättan is partly made possible with support from regular Trier financier, the regional fund Film i Väst, who supports production of THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT with €1.78 mill.

“We are happy and excited to yet again welcome Zentropa and Lars von Trier with his team and cast to Trollhättan for the 6th time since Nymphomaniac, Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville and Dancer in the Dark. It has been truly amazing to follow and support Lars von Trier’s outstanding filmmaking from the turn of the millennium until this day. Now we are looking forward to being drawn into his unique cinematic storytelling once again”, says Tomas Eskilsson, Founder and Artistic Director of Film i Väst.

Uma Thurman

Award-winning actress Uma Thurman has proven herself to be one of the industry’s most versatile performers, lending her talents to an array of revered films and television.

Thurman’s role in THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT marks her second role in Lars von Trier’s body of work. She first appeared as Mrs. H in NYMPHOMANIC (2013).

Thurman is best known for her portrayal of “Mia Wallace,” a sexy mobster’s wife in Quentin Tarantino’s critically lauded PULP FICTION (1995), for which she received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Thurman continued to work with the director for many years and garnered Golden Globe® Award nominations for her role of “The Bride” in his highly successful KILL BILL film franchise.

Thurman’s entrance into mainstream film began following her role as the goddess Venus in Terry Gilliam’s fantasy THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988). She went on to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of a virginal 18th century convent girl, “Cecile de Volanges,” in Stephen Frears’ DANGEROUS LIAISONS (1988), opposite John Malkovich. The following year, she starred opposite Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Philip Kaufman’s HENRY & JUNE (1990). Additional film credits include BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (1996), BATMAN & ROBIN (1997), LES MISERABLES (1998), SWEET AND LOWDOWN (1999), TAPE (2001) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS (2002) for which she won a Golden Globe® Award, BE COOL (2005) and THE PRODUCERS (2005). Thurman earned her first Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series for her arc on NBC’s series SMASH (2012).

Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Siobhan Fallon Hogan will be working with Lars von Trier for the third time this March in Zentropa’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. It will also be her third turn with the star of the film, Matt Dillon. Fallon Hogan played Dillon’s secretary in Fox’s M. Night Shyamalan series, WAYWARD PINES (2016) and this Easter she will be seen as Mitzi in Zach Braff’s, GOING IN STYLE, also featuring Dillon.

Fallon Hogan has been seen in memorable roles in several blockbusters over the past twenty five years. Some of her film credits include, FORREST GUMP (1994); MEN IN BLACK (1997); THE NEGOTIATER (1998); BABY MAMA (2008); NEW IN TOWN (2009); WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2011). CHARLOTTE’S WEB (2006), THE BOUNTY HUNTER (2010) and HOLES (2003). Her foreign work includes DANCER IN THE DARK (2000) with Björk, DOGVILLE (2003) with Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall and FUNNY GAMES by Michael Haneke (2007) with Naomi Watts. Some of her television credits include Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld and Thirty Rock.

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LARS VON TRIER INSPIRED BY DONALD TRUMP FOR NEW FILM

RILEY KEOUGH AND SOFIE GRÅBØL TO STAR IN LARS VON TRIER-FILM

 

Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl join Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz in Lars von Trier’s upcoming feature, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Shootings in Copenhagen will take place in May.

Copenhagen Film Fund and Zentropa announced today that Golden Globe nominated Riley Keough and Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl is to star in Lars von Trier’s upcoming feature, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Keough and Gråbøl will play two of the women who cross paths with serial killer Jack, played by Matt Dillon.

Besides Matt Dillon, Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl, Bruno Ganz is to join in the role as Verge. Shooting will begin in Trollhättan, Sweden in March and move on to Copenhagen in May.

Lars von Trier returns home

For the first time since Dancer in the Dark (2000), Lars von Trier is shooting an international film in Denmark. Copenhagen Film Fund has contributed with 1.08 million Euros to help make it possible for Zentropa to shoot in Copenhagen.

CEO of Copenhagen Film Fund, Thomas Gammeltoft states:

“Copenhagen Film Fund is incredibly proud that Lars von Trier will be shooting parts of his upcoming feature in Copenhagen, Denmark after shooting abroad for years. Besides that, it is always exciting to see that Lars is able to attract high profile actors from all around the world, who all see it as an opportunity to grow and a privilege to work closely with him. We will do our best to make sure they have an amazing stay in Copenhagen and we are most proud to be able to contribute to the making of this major international feature”.

Riley Keough

Riley Keough has been in the spotlight in Hollywood for some time. Her acting career has evolved quickly and most recently she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Steven Sotherbergh’s tv-series, The Girlfriend Experience (2016). Furthermore, she starred in the major box office smash, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), which won 6 Oscars in 2016.

Her prior feature films include, American Honey, starring Shia LaBeouf from 2016; Magic Mike (2012) where she appeared alongside Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey; The Runaways (2010) with Kristin Steward and Dakota Fanning

Sofie Gråbøl

Highly acclaimed Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl made her international breakthrough in the role as detective Sarah Lund in the tv-series, The Killing (2012), which earned her a BAFTA award for Best Actress and a nomination for Best Actress at the Emmy Awards. Gråbøl is a major factor in the international Nordic Noir success. In 2015 she played a leading role in British tv-series, Fortitude, and her most recent feature, the Zentropa produced, THE DAY WILL COME (2016) secured her a Robert Award for Best Supporting Actress last week.

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILTS 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.

 

Presse release by TrustNordisk, photo: 42West, Søren Kirkegaard and Casper Sejersen.

U.S. DISTRIBUTOR MAGNOLIA AQUIRES VINTERBERG’S THE COMMUNE

We are very pleased to announce, that U.S. distributor, Magnolia Pictures has picked up Thomas Vinterberg’s THE COMMUNE.

The deal was negotiated between Dori Begley, SVP of Acquisitions at Magnolia Pictures and Head of Sales Susan Wendt from TrustNordisk.

Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles: THE COMMUNE is another moving and insightful drama from Thomas Vinterberg, one of our favorite filmmakers. We are always thrilled to work with Sisse Graum, Morten Kaufmann and the great team at Zentropa, and we’re pleased to continue our run of top-notch Danish cinema in the US.

Susan Wendt says: We are very happy to have our friends at Magnolia on board for The Commune. They did an amazing job on Thomas Vinterberg’s latest movie The Hunt, and we are convinced they will do the same with The Commune. 

The film celebrated it’s international premiere in Competition at Berlin International Film Festival 2016, where Trine Dyrholm won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance as Anne.

Most recently THE COMMUNE was announced as one of three films, shortlisted as Denmark’s official Oscar entry for the Foreign Language category.

The film features Trine Dyrholm (IN A BETTER WORLD; 2010; A ROYAL AFFAIR, 2012), Ulrich Thomsen (IN A BETTER WORLD, 2010; MORTDECAI, 2015), Helene Reingaard Neumann (SUBMARINO, 2010), Fares Fares (CHILD 44, 2015; A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH, 2016) and Lars Ranthe (THE HUNT, 2012) among others. It is written by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm who also co-wrote Vinterberg’s previous films SUBMARINO (2010) and THE HUNT (2012).

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THE COMMUNE SELECTED FOR TIFF

We are very proud to announce, that Thomas Vinterberg’s THE COMMUNE has been selected as an official Special Presentation at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival.

Earlier this year, THE COMMUNE was in Competition at Berlin International Film Festival, where Trine Dyrholm won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance as Anne.

The film features Trine Dyrholm (IN A BETTER WORLD; 2010; A ROYAL AFFAIR, 2012), Ulrich Thomsen (IN A BETTER WORLD, 2010; MORTDECAI, 2015), Helene Reingaard Neumann (SUBMARINO, 2010), Fares Fares (CHILD 44, 2015; A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH, 2016) and Lars Ranthe (THE HUNT, 2012) among others. It is written by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm who also wrote Vinterberg’s previous films SUBMARINO (2010) and THE HUNT (2012) together, THE COMMUNE tells a story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 70’s.

In 2012 Vinterberg’s THE HUNT also screened in the Special Presentation section in Toronto. The film celebrated it’s world premiere in 2012 at Cannes International Film Festival in Competition, where Mads Mikkelsen took home the highly prestigious award for Best Actor. Furthermore, THE HUNT was officially nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award ® in the Best Foreign Language Film Category.

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