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© IFC Films

The House that Jack Built is one of the most controversial films to come out in 2019. It’s also one of the most thought provoking films that raises a number of unanswered philosophical questions regarding the nature of art, the beauty of death, the randomness of the universe, and it serves as an exploration for the filmmaker himself, Lars von Trier.

The film stars Matt Dillon in the role of a serial killer named Jack, but with one key distinction — Jack has the soul of an artist: he’s an engineer with aspirations of becoming a great architect, he dreams of designing and building the perfect house, a project he works on throughout the film, but he also expresses his artistic yearnings through his murders. …


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Part of Romania’s history was written in the center of Bucharest, not far from the Royal Palace. It was here where literary careers have been established, ministers changed, and disputes have been resolved, not always by peaceful means. Casa Capsa (Capsa House) on Victory Avenue has been one of the “queens” of Little Paris for over 100 years. What was discussed in its salons was so important that King Carol II was asked to shut it down. He didn’t, but the years have made Casa Capsa lose its prestige and importance. Now, only its stories remain…

Established in the middle of the 19th century by the grandchildren of a Macedonian-Romanian furrier, Casa Capsa has a lot of bohemian stories woven around it. The scent of old times got scattered in new times, the clientele is no longer the same, not even the menu holds on to French secrets. The only testimonies of the past are some framed photographs. …


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Robert Wiene, Stills for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919). Gelatin silver print, sold at Christie’s New York.

In a 1920s Germany where the wind of defeat blows freely, beautifully equipped film studios, unrivalled in Europe, are being built. The triumphs of great Italian films assembly were still recent, and the founders suggested such models to directors. …

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