By Ida Storm



We are thrilled to be able to announce that Videa have picked up the Italian rights for Lars von Trier's THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa. The deal was negotiated between Head of distribution at Videa, Angelica Canevari Senior Sales Manager at TrustNordisk, Nicolai Korsgaard.


Managing Director at Videa, Angelica Canevari comments on the acquisition: “Videa proudly announce the presence of the new Lars von Trier film, The House that Jack built in its lineup. For us it is a privilege and a reason of proud and happiness distributing such an amazing movie”.


Nicolai Korsgaard from TrustNordisk states: “From the very beginning, which is now almost 3 years ago Videa has shown their utmost interest for this movie. They have been very professional and thorough in this whole negotiating process and we are thrilled to work on this LVT movie with Angelica and her team”.


Yesterday we announced IFC´s acquisition of the film for the U.S. and other territories are currently in negotiation. 

Previously the following sales have been announced; UK and Ireland (Curzon Artificial Eye), Germany, Austria (Telemünchen), France (Films Du Losanges), Latin America (California Filmes), Benelux (September film), Greece (Seven Films), Portugal (Leopardo filmes), Israel (Shani Film), Middle East (Falcon Films), China (DD Dream), Hong Kong (Sundream), South Korea (Atnine Film), Russia/CIS (Russian World Vision), Poland (Gutek), Hungary (Vertigo Media), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania group), Czech Republic (Aero film), Bulgaria (Euro Films), Romania (Independenta Film 97) and Baltic States (Estin Film).


The cast of THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT will consist of Matt Dillon (WAYWARD PINES, 2016; CRASH, 2004) as Jack, Bruno Ganz (DOWNFALL, 2004) as Verge and Uma Thurman (NYMPHOMANIAC, 2013; PULP FICTION, 1995), Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience, 2016; Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015), Siobhan Fallon Hogan (DANCER IN THE DARK, 2000; DOGVILLE, 2003) and Sofie Gråbøl (THE DAY WILL COME, 2016; THE KILLING, 2012) will star as some of the unfortunate women who encounter Jack along his way. 


THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack´s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack´s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is - contrary to all logic - set on taking greater and greater chances.

Along the way we experience Jack´s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult manoeuvres.


THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is produced by 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. 


Nordic distribution through Nordisk Film.

TrustNordisk handles international sales.