THE SQUARE
Narrative Feature | 145 minutes

HIFF 2017

World Cinema

This film played at HIFF 2017
on 10/7/17 and 10/8/17
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Directed By
Ruben Östlund

Produced By
Erik Hemmendorff

Written By
Ruben Östlund

Featuring
Claes Bang
Elisabeth Moss
Dominic West
Terry Notary
Christopher Læssø


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2017 | Swedish/English | Sweden

Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Ruben Östlund’s provocatively anarchic THE SQUARE follows Christian (Claes Bang), the suave director of a respected contemporary art museum who sees the museum, and his career, suddenly upended when the PR campaign surrounding his latest exhibit goes off the rails. Using the same razor-sharp humor found in his festival favorite FORCE MAJEURE (HIFF 2014), Östlund has created another masterful social satire that playfully disassembles the hypocrisy, privilege, and self-importance of the contemporary art world. Featuring fantastic turns by Terry Notary, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, THE SQUARE skillfully orchestrates one standout sequence after another, and in the process creates one of the most memorable films of the year. Sweden’s official submission for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Film.