The Square

2017/Color/142 mins/Sweden




Category Cinema International
Director Ruben Ostlund
Producer Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Screenplay Ruben Ostlund
Cinematography Fredrik Wenzel
Editor Ruben Ostlund, Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Music NA
Set Josefin Asberg
Costume NA
Cast Claes Bang (Christian), Elisabeth Moss (Anne), Dominic West (Julian), Terry Notary (Oleg), Christopher Laesso (Michael)
Production Companies Plattform Produktion AB ( Sweden), Essential Films (Germany), Parisienne (France)
World Sales Coproduction Office
Festival/Awards NA

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car, supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby 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 and the museum into an existential crisis.

Director:
Ruben Ostlund
As an avid skier, Ruben Ostlund directed ski films for five years, until his mid 20's, testifying his taste for long sequence shots. He went on to study film at the University of Gothenburg where he developed his knowledge of constructed and well thought out sequence shots which has continued to evolve through all his films. His work is best described as humorous and accurate observations of human social behaviour, film blended with sociology. His last three feature films have premiered in Cannes and his latest film Turist won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in 2014. It was distributed in over 75 territories and became an theatrical box-office success.

Selected Filmography:
Gitarrmongot (2004)
Involuntary (2008)
Play (2011)
Force Majeure (2014)