MeToo gets whacked in von Trier’s sadistic Cannes comeback

Donald Trump. It is set to hit US theaters on Aug. 10, timed to the one-year anniversary of the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where an anti-racism activist was killed by a white supremacist in a terrifying reminder of the KKK’s enduring appeal – and its new-found brazenness under the current US administration.

Another comeback kid, and a proud bad-boy agitator too, Lars von Trier was in equally unapologetic mood in his latest feature “The House That Jack Built”, a film so gruesome and sadistic it prompted a rare “graphic content” warning ahead of its red carpet premiere – and numerous walkouts during this morning’s screening. A serial killer thriller posing as a disputation on the essence of art, his overlong movie is hard to stomach at the best of times. At 8am this morning, it was a nauseating kick in…

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