Lars von Trier inspired by Donald Trump for new serial-killer film

By Cathrine Shoard

Original post date: 14 February 2017

Lars von Trier, the Danish auteur whose films have rarely shied from controversy, is to make a film inspired in part by new US president Donald Trump.

The previously announced The House That Jack Built stars Matt Dillon in the title role as a “highly intelligent” man we follow over 12 years. The film “introduces the murders that define [his] development as a serial killer”.

Speaking on 13 February, Von Trier explained the project’s origins further: “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.”

Last week, Von Trier shared a photo to promote the film: of himself, in period costume, with scythe, tolling a bell. He described the picture as “an evocative image with a cinematic reference” – apparently to fellow Dane Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 horror Vampyr.

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