IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to director Lars Von Trier’s 1970s-set serial killer thriller “The House That Jack Built,” the company announced Thursday.
The film stars Matt Dillon as a highly intelligent serial killer named Jack who views each murder as an artwork even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. The film follows five incidents from Jack’s point of view as law enforcement closes in on him.
Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Siobhan Fallon Hogan also star.
Producers include Louise Vesth for Zentropa Group in co-production with Film i Väst, Copenhagen Film Fund, Slot Machine, with support from Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, CNC, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, The Media Programme of the European Union, and in cooperation with DR, Nordisk Film Distribution, Concorde Filmverleih, Potemkine, Les Films du Losange, SVT.
IFC Films also released Von Trier’s 2009 film “Antichrist.”
“Lars von Trier is an unparalleled cinematic provocateur and one of the world’s great auteurs. It’s great to be working with old friends and colleagues such as Lars, Peter Aalbaek Jensen and the entire Trust team — we are anticipating audiences will see a Matt Dillon they have never dreamed of before,” said Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects.
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Co-founder of Zentropa and executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen said: “The lovely people at IFC have always been generous. Now also money-wise! We celebrate this and the life-long relationship with Jonathan & Co by delivering a smashing film by notorious, Lars von Trier.”
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with TrustNordisk on behalf of the filmmakers.
TrustNordisk is handling international sales.