Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund returns with a knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, The Square stars Claes Bang (The Bridge), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale, Mad Men) and Dominic West (The Wire). Christian (Bang) is a divorced but devoted father of two, and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. He's gearing up to launch their next show, ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining altruism and our duty to help others. However, Christian's own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it. Meanwhile, a shocking viral stunt cooked up by the museum's PR agency is met with public outcry, sending Christian – and the museum – into an existential crisis. With pitch-perfect performances, inventive set pieces and a cutting deadpan wit, The Square is a hilarious, unique and often surreal look at idealism and cynicism in the modern world.

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Ruben Östlund


Production year: 2017 With the support of the Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA


Winner of the 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or
2018 Golden Globe nominee for Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language



GENRE: Comedy, Drama

DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund

COUNTRIES: France, Denmark, Sweden, USA

LANGUAGES: English, Danish, Swedish

Winner of the 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or



  • “Östlund at his best can have his cake and push it in your face”

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

  • “Supremely fresh, witty and thought-provoking”

    Geoff Andrew, Time Out

  • “This is high wire cinema... sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

  • “Östlund’s eye for the subtleties of human behavior, especially public behavior, never fails”

    Emily Yoshida, Vulture

  • “Tremendous filmmaking; disarming, merciless, and so direct it’ll puncture the vein. You’ll most certainly squirm, but what a wonderful way to feel discomfort”

    Chris Haydon, Filmoria

  • “Bang gives a performance of perfect poise interspersed with controlled explosions”

    Raphael Abraham, Financial Times


Ruben Ostlund

Interview with Screen Daily

Ruben Östlund

Interview with Deadline

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