Ruben Östlund’s THE SQUARE to screen at the Sarajevo Film Festival

The Kinoscope programme has been announced for the Sarajevo International Film Festival, with Ruben Östlund’s The Square among the line-up.

The film starts after the abolition of the Monarchy of Sweden. The Stockholm Palace is turned into an art museum. Christian (Claes Bang) is the curator of the museum, who finds his progressive worldview shaken when his mobile phone is stolen. While managing a space set to show a new installation piece, he finds a public relations company to promote the installation, creating a great deal of chaos.

Östlund came up with the idea for the story when he and producer Kalle Boman visited an installation in the Vandolorum Museum in Värnamo in 2014. Several scenes in the film are based on true stories, such as an opening scene where Östlund saw a woman run to a man, saying someone was going to kill her. Another man arrived and yelled. It turned out to be fake, and as a result, Östlund’s cell phone was stolen.

The Square is produced by Plattform Produktion in Sweden as well as Film Väst, the Nordisk Film og TV Fond, the Danish Film Institute (who gave the film 1 million DDK), and the Swedish Film Institute (who gave the film 11 million SEK), among others.

Other major titles screening in the Kinoscope programme include Michael Haneke’s Happy End as well as Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless.

The Sarajevo International Film Festival runs from the 11th of August until the 18th of August. The festival is one of the largest in Southern Europe and takes place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Click here to visit the festival website. 


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.