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The Square

Ruben Östlund
Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark  2017 / 142’
The Other Side of Hope

Christian, the director of a prestigious museum of modern art, seems to have everything under control. After his divorce, he is a model father to his daughters, drives an electric car, and helps the needy, especially if it does not require too much effort on his part. While preparing for a showing of an installation called The Square, for which he has high hopes, the first cracks begin to appear in his image as a perfect citizen. After his astonishing Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund once again revels in ridiculing political correctness: in his latest, Palme d'Or-winning film, the director's extended middle finger is clear for everyone to see. Offering an unexpected bonus in the form of one of the funniest erotic (but not too erotic) scenes of the year-and perhaps even of all time-the Swedish director compounds the absurdities as quickly as if he were in a race with Roy Andersson himself, at the same time proving that, in today's society, even freedom of speech has its limits.

Marta Bałaga


Cannes IFF 2017 - Palme d’Or, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist, ICS Cannes Award (Best Screenplay)

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund is a Swedish film director and screenwriter born in 1974 on the island of Styrsö. At the University of Gothenburg, he met Erik Hemmendorff, with whom he founded the production company Plattform Produktion. The winner of many prestigious awards, including a Golden Bear in Berlin for his short film Incident by a Bank and an Un Certain Regard Jury Award for Force Majeure, which was also nominated for a Golden Globe. His latest film, The Square, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Selected filmography

2008 Mimowolnie / De ofrivilliga / Involuntary

2011 Gra / Play

2014 Turysta / Turist

2017 The Square

Cast & Crew

director Ruben Östlund
screenplay Ruben Östlund
cinematography Fredrik Wenzel
editing Ruben Östlund, Jacob Secher Schulsinger
cast Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Laessø
producer Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
production Plattform Produktion AB, Essential Films
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English, Swedish, Danish
colouration colour