Force Majeure Wins at Cannes

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Ruben Östlund’s new film Force Majeure (Turist) has been awarded with Prix du jury in Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. This is the first time a Swedish film is awarded in this prestigious section of the world famous film festival. The Hungarian-German-Swedish film White God won the main award in Un certain regard. 

At Friday’s award ceremony for the Un Certain Regard section, Ruben Östlundtook the stage and received the Prix du jury. This year the jury was led by director Pablo Trapero. The other jury members were actresses Maria Bonnevie and Géraldine Pailhas, director Moussa Touré and Peter Becker of Criterion.

When Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure was screened last Sunday, the film received a long-standing ovation. The full house in the Salle Debussy stood up and applauded for several minutes when the final credits rolled. The plot of the film, dealing with the false image of brave and unselfish men, has created both fascination and awkwardness among audiences. This is the second time Ruben Östlund is competing in Un Certain Regard, after Involuntary in 2008. His film Playwas shown in the section Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2011.

The film’s international sales agent is The Coproduction Office. During Cannes Film Festival, distribution deals have been sealed with Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Turkey, UK, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.

Produced by Plattform Produktion, and distributed in Sweden by TriArt Film, Force Majeure was awarded production funding by the Swedish Film Institute’s former feature film commissioner Lars G. Lindström.

The film has already received many favourable reviews both internationally and in Sweden. Variety summarizes the film as “Michael Haneke meets Scenes from a Marriage”. It has also received favorable reviews in The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Daily, The Guardian, among others.

Made with support funding from Eurimages, White God is a co-production between producers from Hungary, Germany and Sweden. Original production work was done in Hungary, with post-production input from Germany and Sweden, where the film was awarded production funding from the Swedish Film Institute through the Feature Film Commissioner Suzanne Glansborg.

via the Swedish Film Institute

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.