Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner is a biting satire on the art world and upper middle class guilt.
Chief curator Christian and his team are working on publicising the X-Royal Museum’s latest acquisition – “The Square” – an artwork that defines a literal square within which everyone agrees to help one another. Meanwhile, he falls victim to an elaborate pickpocket ruse, and in a fit of pique, hatches a harebrained scheme to recover his belongings which quickly goes wrong.
The Square serves up deliciously dark irony through Christian’s struggle to maintain his genteel image despite his own callous egoism. His personal drama is mirrored in the museum’s mission of bringing showy, bewildering contemporary art to the public, while aggressively courting gauche, wealthy patrons. Yet, the film is more than a critique of the art world and the self-righteous elite; it is at its most powerful when it threatens to break the veneer of civility, bringing the characters in confrontation with their flawed selves.
Cast & Credits
Ruben Östlund is a critically acclaimed Swedish film director. His latest feature, The Square, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Prior to that, Östlund received the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 67th Cannes Film Festival for Force Majeure (2014), which went on to win multiple international accolades.
Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
• Palme d’Or, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• In-competition, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017