Ruben Östlund’s THE SQUARE wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

Image: The Swedish Film Institute

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s The Square has won the film world’s most prestigious prize, the Palme d’Or, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting the times in which we live, a commentary on community, moral courage and the affluent individual’s tendency towards egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

This is his fourth film to compete at Cannes, the others being Force Majeure (2014), which won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, Play (2011) and Involuntary (2008).

“Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! I am so happy for Ruben and his team. Ruben’s films are a mix of social experimentation and a tradition of literary ideas, and at the point where these two converge he is an extraordinary talent, not just in Sweden but the world over. Moreover, his films inspire discomfort in the audience – in the best possible way.” stated Pia Lundberg, Head of the International Department at the Swedish Film Institute.

Quote from SFI Press release.

You can watch three clips from the film below.


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.