The House that Jack Built

Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2018

153 min.DK/FeatureDrama

USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years 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, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. 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 almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. A dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and even occasionally humorous tale.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title The House That Jack Built
Danish title The House That Jack Built
Director Lars von Trier
Screenplay Lars von Trier
Producer Louise Vesth
Director of Photography Manuel Alberto Claro
Editor Molly Malene Stensgaard
Sound Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Production designer Simone Grau Roney
Appearance Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan
Production country Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Belgium
Danish subtitles Yes
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S
International sales TrustNordisk
Danish theatrical release 29.11.2018
Comment World premiered at Cannes 2018. Lars von Trier is renowned for such films as 'Nymphomaniac' (2013), 'Melancholia' (2011), 'Antichrist' (2009) and Palme d’Or winner 'Dancer in the Dark' (2000).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Zentropa, Zentropa Entertainments31 ApS
Co-production Film i Väst, Copenhagen Film Fund, Zentropa Sweden, Zentropa France, Slot Machine
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Svenska Filminstitutet, Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, Creative Europe, MEDIA Programme of the European Union
In collaboration with Danmarks Radio, ZDF/ARTE, SVT
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Distribution A/S


Direction Lars von Trier
Assisting director Anders Refn
Assistant director Stine Vesterskov
1st assistant director: Sweden Joakim Höglund
2nd assistant director Mette Kjærgaard
P.A. to von Trier Heine Kaarsberg
Continuity: Sweden Christina Bredelius
Casting coordinator Fredrik Fornänger
Extras coordinator Anita Juel Lystbæk


Screenplay Lars von Trier
Idea Jenle Hallund
Idea Lars von Trier
Story developer Jenle Hallund
Storyboard Sune Elskær
Research Lise Penter Madsen


Producer Louise Vesth
Executive producer Tomas Eskilsson
Executive producer Thomas Gammeltoft
Executive producer Leonid Ogarev
Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Executive producer Charlotte Pedersen
Co-producer: Sweden Madeleine Ekman
Co-producer: Sweden Lizette Jonjic
Co-producer: France Marianne Slot
Co-producer: Germany Bettina Brokemper
Co-producer Tine Grew Pfeiffer
Co-producer Jonas Bagger
Line producer: Germany Sascha Verhey
Associate producer Lasse Mucha Andersen
Associate producer Ida Harder
Post-production supervisor Cecilie Rui
Line producer Maj-Britt Paulmann Dalsgaard
Production manager Søren Frimodt-Møller
Production manager: Sweden Jessica Balac
Production coordinator Cecilie Anna Christiansen
Production assistant: Sweden Victor Kähl
Production assistant Katrine Gro Nielsen
Location manager: Sweden Tommy Malm
Location manager Christoffer Harding
Location scout: Sweden Henrik Ryhlander
Location scout Claus Nielsen
Location assistant: Sweden Moa Malan
Location assistant Niels Okking
Coordinator Liva Prescott


Director of Photography Manuel Alberto Claro
Camera assistant: Germany Julia Baumann
2nd assistant camera: Germany Louis Bürk
DIT: Sweden Ricard Schmidt
DIT Asker Frølund Andersen
Key grip: Germany Maike Maier
Best boy grip: Sweden Martin Hartland
Best boy grip Bo "Bowie" Craner
Low loader: Norway Bo Lundgreen
Low loader: Norway Pål Morten Hverven


Still photographer Christian Geisnæs

Electrical dept.

Gaffer: Germany Klaus Grube Venn
Best boy: Germany Matthias Bäumer
Best boy Aslak Lytthans
Best boy Tobias Henriksson


Chief editor Molly Malene Stensgaard
Co-editor Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Assistant editor Kristian Hansen
Technical supervisor Simon Lytting
Avid supervisor Lárus Ren Gudbjörnsson

Production design

Production designer Simone Grau Roney
Art director Cecilie Hellner
Property master Jesper Lorents
Property master: Sweden Theresia Caballero Knevel
Set dresser Sidse Færk
Set dresser Casper Nilsson
Standby props: Sweden Ellen Oseng
Assistant set dresser: Sweden Lisa Öman
Assistant set dresser: Sweden Robert Eklund
Assistant set dresser Anne Falkesgaard Hansen
Scenic artist Christine Bechmameil
Sculptor David Drachmann
Scenic artist: Sweden Rikard Grönvall
Armourer: Sweden Anders Lexne


Costume designer Manon Rasmussen
Wardrobe assistant Emilie Bøge Dresler
Tailor Grith Deleuran
Tailor Lone Hermann
Tailor: Sweden Frida Fredricson


Hair and makeup designer Dennis Knudsen
Makeup artist: Germany Astrid Weber
SFX makeup Love Larson


Sound designer Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Sound engineer: Germany Andreas Hildebrandt
Boom operator: Germany Raphael Kempermann

Special effects

SFX Hummer Højmark

Visual effects

VFX supervisor Peter Hjorth
VFX producer Lina Wichmann


Stunt coordinator Stig Günther
Stunt coordinator (Sweden) Martin Zetterlund


Jack Matt Dillon
Verge Bruno Ganz
Lady 1 Uma Thurman
Lady 2 Siobhan Fallon Hogan
Lady 3 Sofie Gråbøl
Simple Riley Keough
Al Jeremy Davies

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Type Source Author Date
Varia Information Monggaard, Christian 2019-02-01
Varia Information Sperling, Anna von 2018-12-28
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Enggaard, Michael 2018-12-26
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Almbjerg, Sarah-Iben 2018-12-21
Artikel Information Monggaard, Christian 2018-12-21
Artikel BT Nygaard, Kristian 2018-12-20
Varia Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2018-12-20
Anmeldelse Børsen Dürr, Morten 2018-11-30
Artikel Weekendavisen Green Jensen, Bo 2018-11-30
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Sommer Boysen, Katrine 2018-11-29
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Almbjerg, Sarah-Iben 2018-11-29
Interview Berlingske Tidende Reinwald, Tobias 2018-11-25
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2018-11-19
Interview Politiken-Fonden Bo, Michael 2018-11-19
Varia Politiken-Fonden Thorhauge, Thomas 2018-11-19
Interview Information Monggaard, Christian 2018-11-16
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2018-05-16
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Almbjerg, Sarah Iben 2018-05-16
Artikel Information Monggaard, Christian 2018-05-16
Interview Berlingske Tidende Lindberg, Kristian 2018-05-16