BIFF17 The Square

17th August, 2017 (15+)
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  • Director Ruben Östlund
  • Cast Dominic West, Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss
  • Duration 144 min
  • Rating 15+
  • Language English Swedish
  • Genre Comedy, Film Festival
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Barracks, Palace Centro

Synopsis

Christian (Claes Bang) likes to think he’s a good and ethical person. He’s a devoted dad-of-two, a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, a charitable giver, and he even drives an electric car. And as curator of Stockholm’s palatial art museum, his next show is The Square, a wonderfully positive installation that invites passers-by to do good deeds, reminding them of their interconnectedness, their social conscience, their very humanity.

But some days, it’s hard to live up to your own ideals. After stepping in to help a stranger, Christian finds he’s been mugged, his wallet and phone have been stolen – and his calm and considered altruism is gone in an instant, replaced by a raging need to track down the thief at all costs.

Meanwhile, at the museum, a ruthlessly gung-ho public relations agency has gone a little too far to build some buzz for The Square, sparking a public outcry and adding to Christian’s woes.

Writer/director Ruben Ostlund mercilessly takes a sledgehammer to the stuffy, bourgeois, self-absorbed art world in this weird and darkly funny Palme d’Or-winning satire, which also stars Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West.

Awards

Winner of the Palme d’Or, 70th Cannes Film Festival, 2017

Reviews

  • “Thrillingly weird … it sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds ... This is high wire cinema!"- The Guardian

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