‘The Square’ Is Sweden’s Oscar Contender

Ruben Östlund’s film The Square is up for the challenge to win in the category of Best Foreign Film next year at the Oscars. “The last time if was so awful. See the YouTube video, so you’ll understand what I mean. I hope it will be less painful this year”, says Ruben Östlund.

The Square, written and directed by Ruben Östlund and starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Christopher Læssø and Marina Schiptjenko, has already won the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, now it gets the chance to become the best foreign film in Hollywood. In fact, it can repeat the success of Michael Haneke’s Amour. In addition to that, Öslund’s film is showcased at film festivals. For instance, it is going to be screened in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Special Presentations sections, which is dedicated to high profile motion pictures.

The Square is about Christian, a successful director of an modern art museum, who drives an electric car. Only days before the exhibition entitled The Square opens, he gets robbed at Odenplan, at one of the most popular meeting points in Stockholm. But instead of calling the police, he takes action on his own, which forces him to experience something he has never experienced before. As a resulf ot that, he needs to questions his own moral compass, too.

The film is produced by Erik Hemmendorff, Plattform Produktion and in co-production with Film i Väst, SVT, Imperative Entertainment, Essential Film, Société Parisienne de Production, Coproduction Office ApS, ZDF/Arte och Arte France Cinéma, and is supported by the Swedish Film Institute, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eurimages, the Danish Film Institute and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It is distributed by TriArt Film in Sweden.



Barbara Majsa

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