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Ruben Östlund’s new projects announced

Ruben Ostlund

Ruben Östlund

Swedish director Ruben Östlund, known for Force Majeure and Play, is getting ready to direct The Square, a provocative satire that will most likely be shot in English.

The Square is set in a renowned museum where an artist is exhibiting a square – an installation that is meant to promote altruism, providing people with a symbolic space where only good things can happen. The movie’s protagonist is the manager of the museum who hires a PR firm to create some buzz, but things get out of hand when the PR team goes too far with their plans, sparking a public uproar and exposing the hypocrisy of the media.

Shooting for the film will take place between July and October, and casting is currently underway.

Östlund will also be making a television comedy called You Know That Weekend You Were Away With The Kids?, which will also be in English. The series will explore the topic of adultery from different perspectives, and the pilot has been acquired by a U.S. network.

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.