IFC Films could face sanctions from the MPAA due to Wednesday’s nationwide screenings of an unrated version of Lars von Trier’s art-house gorefest “The House That Jack Built,” the organization said.
Lars von Trier’s #TheHouseThatJackBuilt Breaks MPAA Rule, IFC Now Faces Sanctions
The House that Jack Built violated the MPAA's rules by holding these unrated screenings in such close proximity to the film's official release date on December 14th.
This wouldn’t normally be news, but IFC Films decided to host screenings of an unrated directors cut of the film in 100 theaters, and well, you can’t just do that
The American distributors of Lars von Trier’s gruesome serial killer film The House That Jack Built are facing sanctions from the US ratings board after screening an unauthorised version of the film.
100 people walked out of the Cannes screening due to the graphic mutilation and child murder scenes—and now the MPAA is angry.
“The MPAA has communicated to the distributor, IFC Films, that the screening of an unrated version of the film in such close proximity to the release of the rated version — without obtaining a waiver — is in violation of the rating system’s rules,” the MPAA said in a statement late Wednesday.
The House that Jack Built is now in trouble with the MPAA over an unapproved, unrated screening of the ultra-violent and gruesome film.
IFC are planning to release an R-rated edit on 14 December in the US, but the director’s cut – essentially the same version that played at the Cannes film festival and prompted mass walkouts – has also been marketed for release unrated.
While unrated film releases are common, the fact that two versions of the same film are showing in close successions appears to have fallen foul of the MPAA’s regulations.
The violation of these rules now means that The House that Jack Built could face sanctions that could impact the film itself and its distributor IFC Films.
On Wednesday night, a special, one-night only screening was held in select theaters across the country, showing an unrated, director's cut of the film.
According to the rules of the MPAA’s Classification and Ratings Administration, which oversees the film ratings system, the indie studio could face disciplinary action including the revocation of the film’s R rating and even a temporary suspension from the ratings system.
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A rep for IFC Films, whose longtime co-president Jonathan Sehring announced Wednesday he was stepping down, did not immediately respond to requests for Read: Mass Walkouts for 'Vomitive,' 'Torturous' Lars von Trier Serial Killer Movie 'The House That Jack Built' The film, which includes graphic depictions of the mutilation of men, women and children, prompted widespread walkouts during its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for what early critics called its “vomitive” and “turturous” content.
The director's latest film, the serial killer movie The House that Jack Built is no exception.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, IFC Films failed to obtain a waiver from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) before screening an unrated director’s cut of the film, which features Matt Dillon as a sadistic murderer, on Wednesday in around 100 venues.