Swedish provocateur Ruben Östlund, the director of Force Majeure, returns with The Square, one of his most audacious pieces to date and winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes. A spot-on, no-holds-barred satire of the postmodern art world, the film follows Christian (Claes Bang), the self-centred, and hopelessly befuddled curator of Sweden’s most cutting- edge art museum. Christian’s attempts to promote his exhibits are deflected by personal misfortunes and culminate with a less than successful online campaign.
The Square is full of brilliant and dazzling set pieces, including an onstage interview gone awry and a performance piece gone even more so. Östlund refuses to score easy points, outlining the challenges that face artists trying to examine the increasingly complex and absurd world we live in and dealing with the privileged members of the audience who consider art only as a social statement or financial investment. The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times. Also starring Elizabeth Moss and Dominic West.
“The Square is darkly amusing, but it’s also bracingly honest in its absurdity, and that’s what kept me coming back to each one of its wonderfully knotty scenarios even months after seeing it.” - The Atlantic
“Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund takes modern society’s temperature and finds it dangerously overheated in the madly ambitious and frequently disquieting The Square.” - The Hollywood Reporter
The Square SWEDEN, 2017 English/Swedish w/ English subtitles 145 minutes Comedy/Drama Cert R
$8 Youth, aged under 18 years
$9 with Film Buff card
All prices include HST