The Unrated Director's Cut of "The House That Jack Built" was released on November 28, but the MPAA says the distributor IFC violated a rule to show the movie.
19659004] The IFC sees itself as being subject to sanctions by the Motion Picture Association of America for releasing the controversial serial killer movie "The House That Jack Built" by Lars von Trier (MPAA). The indie distributor opened the film for a night without a director in more than 100 US cities on 28 November, but the MPAA says the IFC did so without the corresponding waiver. The problem seems to be the fact that the IFC has decided to publish the unrated version so close to the edited theatrical version, which will be released on cinemas on December 14th.
The MPAA has informed the distributor IFC Films that the screening takes place on an un-filmed version of the film, which is so close to the release of the rated version – without obtaining a waiver – violates the rules of the rating system, "it says in a statement of the MPAA (via deadline). "The effectiveness of MPAA ratings depends on our ability to maintain the trust of American parents. For this reason, the rules clearly state how the ratings are used properly. Failure to comply with the rules can cause confusion among parents and undermine the rating system – and result in sanctions against the film's claimant.
Under the MPAA rules, the IFC now has ten working days to set up a hearing with the organization to explain the classification and rating management that manages film ratings for the MPAA and the National Association of Theater Owners. The IFC now faces a sanction that could exclude them from participating in the rating system for up to 90 days. The R rating, which was awarded to the movie "House That Jack Built", could also be revoked.
Earlier this year, IFC acquired the US distribution rights for "The House That Jack Built" at the Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier had premiered the film for the first time out of the competition and immediately controversial about several scenes of graphic violence against women, children and animals. The film shows the main murders in the rise of a serial killer, played by Matt Dillon. While reactions to the film are polarizing, Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave an A rating, calling it "possibly brilliant."
IndieWire has contacted the IFC for further comments.