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The Square

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Year of participation 2017
Program Non-competition Programs

The Square
Producer(s) Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Director(s) Ruben Östlund
Script Ruben Östlund
Director of Photography Fredrik Wenzel
Production designer Josefin Åsberg
Sound Andreas Franck, Bent Holm
Edit Ruben Östlund, Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Cast Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Laessø, Marina Schiptjenko, Elijandro Edouard, Daniel Hallberg, Martin Sööder
Production company(-ies) Plattform Produktion AB ( Delegate producer, Sweden) Essential Films (Germany) Parisienne (France) Coproduction Office (Denmark)
 

Synopsis

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is The Square, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations.  Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for The Square. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Awards
Palme d'Or, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist, Cannes IFF, 2017; International Cinephile Society Awards: Best Screenplay, Cannes IFF, 2017

Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
 
Daily
 
Festival Coverage
 
 
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