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Persona non grata no longer? Six years after being banned from the Cannes Film Festival for what might generously be described as an ill-advised Hitler joke, Lars von Trier and his team are said to be in negotiations to premiere his next film on the Croisette. The Danish auteur is currently at work on “The House That Jack Built,” which could potentially debut at Cannes last year.
At a press conference in Dalsland, Sweden, co-producer Louise Vesth alluded to the vaunted French festival, saying “I have talked to the people I know in Cannes and … yeah, maybe.” That could be a big maybe, all things considered.
“I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew … Then it turned out that I »
- Michael Nordine
Set report: director and cast discuss Us-set drama The House That Jack Built during Tuesday 7 March press event.
”I chose Matt and I chose Uma because they obviously can’t read,” Lars von Trier says with the hint of a smile.
The Danish director is sitting in a village hall a few kilometres outside the town of Bengtfors in a snow-covered part of Sweden which is standing in for the state of Washington, where his next film, the serial killer-drama The House That Jack Built, is set.
Von Trier is flanked by Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, two of the main actors in the film, and two of his producers, Louise Vesth from Zentropa and Madeleine Ekman, and they are faced by a large group of journalists, mostly from Scandinavia and some from the rest of Europe.
He continues: ”There were so many people we sent the script to, who said they would do anything to work »
As reported by Variety, producer of the film Louise Vesth said about the coming together of Thurman and Von Trier, “(Thurman) 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”.
Von Trier is certainly an auteur, playing by no one’s rules but his own. His films have confounded, delighted and perplexed fans over the years, »
- Samuel Brace
Originally pitched as a TV series, the Danish auteur (Melancholia, Nymphomaniac) has re-engineered his murder mystery to be an ambitious, decade-spanning drama centering on Matt Dillon’s twisted serial killer. Wanting nothing more than to finish his self-proclaimed, and no doubt horrifying, masterpiece, Jack spends much of his life in the shadows, eluding capture all throughout the ’70s and ’80s. To date, von Trier has recruited Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Sofie Gråbøl and Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience, Logan Lucky) to the cause, and Deadline now brings word of two new additions: Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan.
Both actresses have worked with the provocative filmmaker in the past; Thurman recently had a role in the two-part saga Nymphomaniac, whereas Hogan worked under von Trier on both Dancer in the Dark and Dogville. »
- Michael Briers
Uma Thurman, who first worked with the filmmaker on his previous effort, “Nymphomaniac,” is reteaming with him here, along with Siobhan Fallon Hogan, who has appeared in von Trier’s “Dancer In The Dark” and “Dogville.” They join the ensemble which also includes Riley Keough, Sofie Gråbøl and Bruno Ganz, in the ’70s and ’80s set story about a serial killer on the run.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan are reuniting with Danish helmer Lars Von Trier for his upcoming feature The House That Jack Built. Thurman and Hogan join the rank of unfortunate women who encounter serial killer Jack, played by Matt Dillon, in the film which also stars Riley Keough, Sofie Gråbøl and Bruno Ganz. Both Thurman and Hogan have previously worked with Von Trier with Thurman most recently playing Ms H in Nymphomaniac and Hogan starring in Trier's Dancer in t… »
Even if you didn’t see Lars von Trier‘s 241-minute (or 325-minute) two-part Nymphomaniac, there’s a strong chance you witnessed at least part of Uma Thurman‘s performance (courtesy of the above still or the below clip) in the film’s most beautifully awkward scene, surrounding a “whoring bed.” She’ll now get her chance to re-enter the world of Lars von Trier as she’s joined his serial killer drama The House That Jack Built.
As reported by Zentropa, Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) will also be re-teaming with von Trier, with both actors playing women who come across the violent path of the lead. Spanning 12 years and following Matt Dillon in the lead role as we see his character’s presumably brutal murders, the film also stars Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, and Sofia Grabol. The film will be split into “five incidents” (aka »
- Jordan Raup
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The actress, who first worked with the Danish director on his last feature, Nymphomaniac, joins Siobhan Fallon Hogan (von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) among the ranks of unfortunate women who encounter serial killer Jack, played by Matt Dillon. Riley Keough, Sofie Grabol and Bruno Ganz also star.
"With these two fantastic actresses, the main cast is now in place, and we are ready to shoot – and kill," said Zentropa producer Louise Vesth. "Uma and Lars first worked together on Nymphomaniac and »
- Alex Ritman
“(Thurman) 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, said Louise Vesth, who is producing the film at Zentropa.
Vesth also revealed “Lars had (Hogan) in mind from a very early stage for one of the female parts, and it is an honor »
- Elsa Keslassy
The film will take place in 1970s USA and will follow the murders that define lead character Jack’s development as a serial killer.
Thurman and Fallon Hogan will join the ranks of unfortunate women who encounter serial killer Jack, played by Dillon.
Von Trier recently told The Guardian that the film “celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless, sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus – the rat king”.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Author: Stefan Pape
We’ve seen so many tales told from the perspective of those caught up in the devastation of the Second World War, but rarely do we then catch up with them later on in life, when you would presume that their fight has now been fought. These are the characters that make up Matti Geschonneck’s In Times of Fading Light, though the central, hardline communist is evidently never without another battle to engage in, for this tale is set in the very final days of East Germany, despite how ardently he believes the wall will never fall.
Set merely days before David Hasselhoff was dancing on the concrete to celebrate the tearing down of the wall that separated the residents of Berlin – it’s the 90th birthday of communist Wilhelm Powileit (Bruno Ganz) who still fervently believes in his idealistic, socialist values, albeit a fantasy that »
- Stefan Pape
In Times Of Fading Light review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
In Times Of Fading Light review
Bruno Ganz leads the cast of this period comedy/ drama set in the autumn of 1989 in East Berlin, just weeks before the wall was pulled down. Wilhelm Powileit (Ganz), a staunch communist for the past 75 years, is celebrating his 90th birthday, and is having a get together for family, friends and peers at his residence. The party will see him betrothed with medals, flowers and gifts and will host many of the Young Pioneers, who all turn up to pay their respects on this milestone birthday. However, cracks are starting appear, both in Germany generally, and within Wilhem’s own troubled family. We learn that stepson was arrested in Moscow as an alleged counter-revolutionary, »
- Paul Heath
Matti Geschonneck’s “In Times of Fading Light,” a multi-generational family drama set in East Berlin weeks before the fall of the Wall, unspooled as part of the Berlinale Special sidebar on Thursday.
Capturing the history of East Germany in its mini cosmos, the film, based on an adaptation of Eugen Ruge’s 2011 autobiographical novel, revolves around a staunch, 90-year-old communist patriarch who has never lost his belief in the socialist utopia, while his son and much of the country’s younger generation yearn for change and greater freedoms.
“Everything that has happened faces the threat of being forgotten,” said award-winning screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase, speaking at a press conference. “It’s our duty to tell these stories in the hope that they continue to have meaning and continue to touch people.”
Kohlhaase stressed that “respect” was the most important factor in adapting books to the screen, and that while every book has its own prose, »
- Ed Meza
The Other Side of Hope. Malla Hukkanen © Sputnik OyLaughter is a rare gift at film festivals, which so often feel like relentless gloom and doom contests. In this year’s Berlinale Competition, at least thus far, good films have been in even shorter supply than funny ones. I’m really glad to report there’s been improvement on both fronts—after a truly lamentable first few days, laughs as well as quality started trickling into the festival’s main slate.It was a pretty safe bet that Aki Kaurismäki’s new film, The Other Side of Hope, would be a stand-out. The high expectations were surpassed: this may very well be the great Finn’s best outing since his 1996 masterpiece Drifting Clouds. The second part of a planned trilogy addressing the current refugee crisis in Europe, The Other Side of Hope bears strong narrative similarities to its predecessor Le Havre »
Author: Stefan Pape
Sally Potter returns to the silver screen with a wickedly fast-paced, endearingly transient comedy that, while unashamedly overstated, is grounded by its connections to modern British politics – making it all rather apt for this picture to thrive in its farcicality. The monochrome aesthetic may give this piece a timeless feel, but it seems like a particularly pertinent presentation of a nation who currently find their left wing politics in turmoil.
The film opens with Kristin Scott Thomas as Janet, pointing a gun at the camera. Rewind an hour or so, and we learn she’s the host of a dinner party, inviting friends round to celebrate her recent promotion to shadow health minister, and its a dinner party, we have already gathered, that is to eventually turn sour. Her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is in a peculiar mood, not exactly one for conversation – but the arrival of »
- Stefan Pape
After exploring sex in a way that only he could with Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier will tackle death for his next project. Set to begin shooting in March, his English-language serial killer drama The House That Jack Built spans 12 years, following Matt Dillon in the lead role as we see his character’s presumably brutal murders. As usual, the director is drawing on a number of sources of inspiration, this time from Carl Theodor Dreyer to the President of the United States, according to his latest comments.
“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,” the director tells The Guardian. While he didn’t expand further — we’ll have to wait until 2018 when it premieres to see the connection — the Melancholia helmer is no stranger to attracting attention with each new project. »
- Jordan Raup
Ever since he was declared “persona non grata” at the Cannes Film Festival, following his controversial comments during the press conference for “Melancholia,” Lars von Trier has kept a very low media profile. But when he does decide to talk to press, the man can still give good quote, and serves up a doozy regarding his upcoming serial killer flick, “The House That Jack Built.”
Set to star Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, and Sofie Grabol, the story unfolds in in Washington during the ’70s and ’80s, and tells the story of Jack, a serial killer, who tries to finish his “masterpiece” as he eludes capture.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lars von Trier has never shied away from controversy. Now, the Danish writer/director has revealed that his upcoming serial-killer thriller, “The House That Jack Built,” is partly inspired by none other than Donald Trump.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the filmmaker said, “‘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.”
“The House That Jack Built” stars Matt Dillon in the leading role. Set in 1970’s America, the film follows an intelligent serial killer named Jack (Dillon) over the course of 12 years. The film will introduce the killings that define Jack’s development as a cold-blooded murderer.
Last week, Von Trier shared the first image from the film: a black »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Riley Keough is an actress on the fast-track to stardom. After stepping foot onto George Miller’s ravaged wasteland for Mad Max: Fury Road, Keough turned heads and raised eyebrows with her compelling, nuanced performance in The Girlfriend Experience, Starz’s escort drama that is currently gearing up for a second season sans Christine Reade.
But even if Riley Keough’s dalliance with The Girlfriend Experience is essentially over, the star has locked down a handful of enticing roles long into 2018. The Discovery springs to mind as a notable example, while there’s also a reunion with Tge‘s Steven Soderbergh on the cards thanks to Nascar heist drama Logan Lucky. According to The Hollywood Reporter, we can now add The House That Jack Built to Keough’s bustling slate.
- Michael Briers
The Party review
It has been five years since Sally Potter’s last film, the very well received Ginger and Rosa. Her latest takes center stage at the Berlin Film Festival with a huge, if limited central cast. We open on Kristin Scott-Thomas’ Janet pointing a revolver directly at the camera, a monochrome image that sticks in your mind as we track slightly in time r to cover the events leading up to it. Janet is celebrating career glory, a newly-appointed role as a shadow-minister in parliament, a position that she has been working up to for decades. She’s having a small gathering to celebrate and has invited a few good friends over to to her home. Her phone is constantly ringing with messages of congratulations, »
- Paul Heath
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