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Award-winning film "The Square" takes aim at art and the media

Published fredag 25 augusti 2017 kl 12.07
Ruben Östlund: To trust each other is a super life quality
(10 min)
Ruben Östlund who directed his fifth feature film, The square.
Ruben Östlund who directed his fifth feature film, The square. Credit: Dave Russell/Sveriges Radio

The Square, the winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or and Sweden's official 2018 Oscar entry, has its premiere in cinemas across the country today. Radio Sweden met up with its talented director, Ruben Östlund, to talk about his art-world satire.

Ruben Östlund's fifth feature, follows his critically acclaimed 'Force Majeure' or 'The Turist', and deals with some of the themes that have become a trademark of the talented Gothenburg filmmaker.

The Square is a symbolic place where we should be reminded of how we act towards each other. If we can put trust in each other and help each other."

He said the idea started from an art installation that he created in Sweden that still exists today.

"You can compare it with a pedestrian crossing where we have made a super strong agreement where drivers should be careful of pedestrians," he told Radio Sweden.

After his success at Cannes, where he won the Palme d'Or, expectations are high in Sweden on its release.

"I hope that the expectations are high and I hope that people are curious to see the film," Östlund told Radio Sweden.

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