But no one likes to be considered a censor, so his new one was allowed to screen "out of competition." This is, after all, where his better known work, like Zentropa (Europa), Breaking the Waves, and Dancer in the Dark debuted to great acclaim.
The House that Jack Built has a section devoted to the brilliance of Albert Speer, and a montage of infamous tyrants -- including Hitler -- to give the impression that "you have to give them credit" for creating grand works of "extremest art." The last phrase is uttered over images of mass murder, including grisly footage from inside Nazi extermination camps.
Cannes, you got played.
Is Lars Von Trier really a Nazi? Like, does he read Stormfront and dream about killing Jews? No, I don't think so. But then again, a running theme of The House That Jack Built seems to condemn society for not taking very loud confessions of atrocities seriously. Matt Dillon's Jack, the repulsive psycho front and center of this film, shouts, "No one wants to help!" out an apartment window, just before he gruesomely slices off Riley Keough's breasts.