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Ruben Östlund

“Why I'm interested in filmmaking is because a moving image is very, very powerful when it comes to changing human behavior.”

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    THE SQUARE

    Ruben Östlund Sweden, 2017

    Following his hit Force Majeure, Sweden’s Ruben Östlund won the Palme d’Or for this even more ambitious and acerbic satire, a biting pitch-black comedy taking square aim on the bourgeois contemporary art world. An excoriating, painfully funny film, featuring Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss.

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    FORCE MAJEURE

    Ruben Östlund Sweden, 2014

    Before he won his Palme d’Or for The Square, Ruben Östlund sparked fervor in the festival’s Un Certain Regard section with the marriage drama Force Majeure. Provocative, insightful and at times excruciating—a frequently hilarious study of instinct, etiquette, and a family man’s masculinity.

    INCIDENT BY A BANK

    Ruben Östlund Sweden, 2010

    Long before he won the Palme d’Or for The Square, Swedish provocateur Ruben Östlund took home the Golden Bear from Berlin for this ingenious short. Reconstructing a real-life event in a single take, Incident by a Bank is a hilariously prickly examination of societal apathy and self-absorption.

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