Lars von Trier on his controversial Cannes return

Director Lars von Trier, left, and actor Matt Dillon pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The House That Jack Built', at the 71st international

Director Lars von Trier, left, and actor Matt Dillon pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The House That Jack Built', at the 71st international

Director Lars von Trier poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The House That Jack Built' at the 71st international film festival,

Director Lars von Trier poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The House That Jack Built' at the 71st international film festival,

Director Lars von Trier, left, and actor Matt Dillon pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The House That Jack Built' at th

Director Lars von Trier, left, and actor Matt Dillon pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The House That Jack Built' at th

Director Lars von Trier, left, and actor Matt Dillon pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The House That Jack Built', at the 71st international

Director Lars von Trier, left, and actor Matt Dillon pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The House That Jack Built', at the 71st international

Actresses Siobhan Fallon Hogan, from left, Sofie Grabol, director Lars von Trier and actor Matt Dillon pose for photographers during a photo call for

Actresses Siobhan Fallon Hogan, from left, Sofie Grabol, director Lars von Trier and actor Matt Dillon pose for photographers during a photo call for

Actress Sofie Grabol, from left, director Lars von Trier and actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The

Actress Sofie Grabol, from left, director Lars von Trier and actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The

Actor Matt Dillon, left, and director Lars von Trier pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The House That Jack Built', at the 71st international

Actor Matt Dillon, left, and director Lars von Trier pose for portrait photographs for the film 'The House That Jack Built', at the 71st international

CANNES, France (AP) — After being banished for seven years, Lars von Trier has not come back to the Cannes Film Festival brimming with remorse.

Instead, he has detonated "The House That Jack Built," a 2½-hour serial killer drama nasty enough to spark dozens of walkouts at its premiere.

Some critics called it a quintessential von Trier film about the nature of art and the reaches of empathy. Others called the film that features scenes of child murder, female mutilation and piles of frozen corpses "repulsive" and "irredeemably unpleasant."

In an interview, the Danish provocateur questioned why he is the only one to be declared "persona non grata" at Cannes. He noted the same term wasn't leveled on Harvey Weinstein.