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The Square
A hilariously biting satire on the contemporary art world that scooped a Palm d’Or at Cannes this year, ‘The Square’ is set in a museum in Stockholm, and neatly sends up the hollow puffery of the art world, the egotism of wealthy curators and collectors and the ridiculous pretentions that pass for meaningful art. Museum curator, Christian (Claes Bang), is a wily, enigmatic character who has just unveiled ‘The Square’, an installation piece that challenges viewers about their moral and ethical values. But the gap between art and reality becomes increasingly vivid as Christian’s life takes an unexpected turn, sparked by the theft of his cellphone. Along with a reporter (Elisabeth Moss) and a crazed performance artist Oleg (Terry Notary), Christian finds himself heading into a shattering, existential crisis which threatens to derail that fragile skein of make-believe and delusion that make up his comfortable, complacent world.
2017 / English, Swedish and Danish dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 142 mins
Genre: Comedy
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: GCC Premiere
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References, Brief Nudity, Coarse Language and Sex
Director: Ruben Östlund
Producer: Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Scriptwriter: Ruben Östlund
DOP: Fredrik Wenzel
Editor: Ruben Östlund
Composer: Rasmus Thord
Cast: Dominic West, Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Terry Notary
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