The Square

Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, 2017, 142 min.

Director

Ruben Östlund

Producer

Erik Hemmendorff,
Philippe Bober

Scenario

Ruben Östlund

Rights Holder

A-One

DOP

Fredrik Wenzel

Cast

Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Laessø, Marina Schiptjenko

Production

Plattform Produktion AB, Essential Films, Parisienne, CoproductionOffice

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum,a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passers-by to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as  well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

HONORS
2017 Cannes IFF (France) – Palme d’Or
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Ruben Östlund

Born in 1974 on Styrsö island, Sweden. Studied graphic design before enrolling at the University of Gothenburg. His feature debut THE GUITAR MONGOLOID, won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005. His second feature, INVOLUNTARY, premiered in Cannes in 2008. The premiere of his third feature filmPLAY (2011) was also held in Cannes, where he was awarded the Coup de Coeur Prize. FORCE MAJEURE (2014) was awarded the Jury Prize in Cannes, won 16 Best Foreign Film awards, was nominated at the Golden Globes and shortlisted for an Oscar

Selected filmography

2017 The Square

2014 Force Majeure

2011 Play

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