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



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.