Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden 2018

Synopsis

The USA in the 1970s: We follow the highly intelligent Jack through five 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. The goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds.
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.

Director's Biography

Lars von Trier is the co-founder of the Danish production company Zentropa as well as one of the founders of the Danish Dogma movement in the 1990s.
Lars von Trier's films have won prizes world-wide. These include many of the major awards at Cannes Film Festival; The Palme d'Or for DANCER IN THE DARK, the Grand Prix du Jury for BREAKING THE WAVES, the Best Actress award for Charlotte Gainsbourg's performance in ANTICHRIST, as well as the Best Actress award for Kirsten Dunst's performance in MELANCHOLIA.

Filmography:
2018 - THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
2013 - NYMPHOMANIAC
2011 - MELANCHOLIA
2009 - ANTICHRIST
2007 - OCCUPATIONS (SHORT SUBJECT)
2006 - THE BOSS OF IT ALL
2005 - MANDERLAY
2003 - DOGVILLE
2003 - THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS
2001 - D-DAY
2000 - DANCER IN THE DARK
1998 - THE IDIOTS
1997 - THE KINGDOM II
1996 - BREAKING THE WAVES
1994 - THE KINGDOM
1994 - THE TEACHER'S ROOM
1991 - EUROPA
1988 - MEDEA
1987 - EPIDEMIC
1984 - THE ELEMENT OF CRIME
1982 - IMAGES OF RELIEF
1981 - THE LAST DETAIL
1980 - NOCTURNE
1979 - MENTHE – LA BIENHEUREUSE
1977 - THE ORCHID GARDENER
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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Lars von Trier

Written by : Lars von Trier

Produced by : Louise Vesth

Director of Photography : Manuel Alberto Claro

Editor : Molly Malene Stensgaard

Production Design : Simon Grau Roney

Costume Design : Manon Rasmussen

Hair & Make up Artist : Dennis Knudsen

Sound Design : Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen

Special Effects Supervisor: Peter Hjorth

Main Cast : Matt Dillon (Jack), Bruno Ganz (Verge), Uma Thurman (Lady 1), Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Lady 2), Sofie Gråbøl (Lady 3), Riley Keough (Simple)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2018