News: Lars von Trier Talks About Cannes Audience Response To The House That Jack Built - "I'm Not Sure They Hated My Film Enough"

Lars von Trier's new film The House That Jack Built recently screened at Cannes and received a strong response, with people reportedly walking out of the screening and then Tweeting that it
 was it "vile," "gross" and "vomitive." Now the director is responding to the widespread outrage and negative reviews from critics. In an interview with Cineuropa, von Trier said he was pleased by the reaction:

. “It’s quite important not to be loved by everybody, because then you’ve failed. I’m not sure if they hated it enough, though. If it gets too popular, I’ll have a problem. But the reception seemed just about right, I think.” 

 He also spoke about he research for the film, saying that he read Patricia Highsmith's work and that it was “a pleasure to write”. He also added:

 “I do know a bit about psychopaths. I’ve never killed anyone myself. If I do, it will probably be a journalist.”   

Written and directed by Lars von Trier, it features a cast that includes Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, Ed Speleers, Sofie Grabol, Riley Keough and Yu Ji-tae. You can check out a batch of clips below.

"The House That Jack Built tells the story of the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.”