As Danish director Lars Von Trier’s thriller The House That Jack Built was screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, more than 100 viewers walked out due to the film's disturbing content.
The film was earlier rejected in the competition section as festival director Thierry Frémaux had told a website in an interview that the jury found the content of the film disturbing. “His film is out of the competition because it is such a singular object, a subject so controversial, that this was his best place,” Fremaux wrote. “And whether we like it or not, we are dealing with a great film and a great filmmaker.”
The film stars Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon and follows a serial killer's life and how he went on a murdering spree over the years.
On Twitter, some of the viewers expressed anger over the film's graphic content. However, reports suggest that it received a standing ovation from the audience who stayed back to watch the entire film.
The film's director Trier makes his comeback to the festival after seven long years, this year. The director had earlier been declared as persona non-grata by the festival in 2011 for his joke on how he was sympathetic to German dictator Adolf Hitler.
This isn't the first time that Trier's film has witnessed a walk out. Earlier in 2009, his experimental horror film Antichrist had seen a similar walkout as the film featured scenes of mutilation. Antichrist tells the story of a couple who retreat to a cabin in the woods to cope with the death of their child but experience strange occurrences.
Other films that have had audiences walking out in the middle of screening include films like Irreversible, The Brown Bunny, Southland Tales, Only God Forviges among others.