The untitled director's movie "The House That Jack Built" was shown at cinemas on November 28, but the MPAA said the IFC distributor had broken a film screening rule.
IFC faces sanctions from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) following the release of Lars von Trier's controversial serial killer film, "The House Jack Built". The independent distributor has opened the filmmaker's ungraded film for a night 28 in more than 100 cities across the United States, but the MPAA claims that IFC has done so without getting the appropriate waiver . The problem seems to be related to the fact that the IFC has decided to publish the unrated version so close to the film version edited, which will be presented in theaters and on demand on December 14th.
The MPAA informed the distributor, IFC Films, that the projection of an unrated version of the film at a distance as close to the output of the rated version – without obtaining a waiver – violated the rules of the rating system ", said the president, readings from the MPAA (via Deadline). "The effectiveness of MPAA ratings depends on our ability to maintain the trust of American parents. This is why the rules clearly define the proper use of ratings. Breach of the rules can create confusion for parents and undermine the grading system – and may result in imposition of penalties on the film's author. "
In accordance with the rules of the MPAA, IFC now has 10 working days to hold an audition with the organization to explain to the Classification and Ratings Administration, which administers the films on behalf of the MPAA and the National Association of Theater Owners. The IFC is now facing a sanction that may prohibit it from participating in the classification system for up to 90 days. The R rating awarded for the House That Jack Built theatrical cut could also be revoked.
IFC acquired the US distribution rights to "The House Built by Jack" at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Von Trier presented the film out of competition and immediately sparked controversy for several scenes of graphic violence against women, children and animals. The film chronicles the most significant murders of the rise of a serial killer, played by Matt Dillon. While reactions to the film are polarized, Eric Kohn of IndieWire has attributed a criticism A and called it "maybe great."
IndieWire has approached IFC for further comments.