Lars von Trier on his controversial Cannes return

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Starring Matt Dillon, who plays a serial killer, the film has sparked outrage at the renowned global festival. If you haven't already guessed, Von Trier is having a self-indulgent ball, poking fun at his body of work and the notion that he hates women, while also toying with the tropes of the serial killer thriller.

He told Cineuropa: 'It's quite important not to be loved by everybody, because then you've failed. "As someone sitting near me put it: 'They'll clap for anything'".

The outrage over The House That Jack Built began with a scene depicting a serial killer (played by Matt Dillon) blowing the heads off of two children with a hunting rifle. If it gets too popular, I'll have a problem.

Variety's Ramin Setoodeh posted a picture of people leaving, saying: "I've never seen anything like this at a film festival".

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Last week, the 71st Cannes Film Festival kicked off, and oh, how ignorant we all were, thinking that Lars von Trier wouldn't make waves in his return to the fiesta of film, after being declared "persona non grata" at the 64th edition of the festival. "But the reception seemed just about right".

Only days ago, while premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, up to 100 people were forced to walk out of the screening claiming that the content was "vile" and that it "should not have been made." The director then joked: "If I do, it will probably be a journalist". Von Trier said he "felt welcome" when he arrived to Cannes 2018.

"It's kind of stupid to compete in film, and I must be the worst competitor in the world, because I've been to Cannes 12 times and picked up about four or five prizes", von Trier said.

- Fuckface Jack ❤♠ (@CheNirvana)#TheHouseThatJackBuilt response at #Cannes is ideal marketing for the film, now thousands of people will be intrigued by what happens in movie that made people walk out of the screening.

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