Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang and Dominic West star in the upcoming satire from Ruben Östlund. 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.

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Ruben Östlund


Production year: 2017


Official selection, 2017 Cannes Film Festival

In cinemas from 25 August

UK premiere on 16 August at Somerset House, London

GENRE: Comedy, Drama

DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund

DURATION: 142 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Denmark, Sweden, USA


Official selection, 2017 Cannes Film Festival


  • “Östlund at his best can have his cake and push it in your face”

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

  • “Supremely fresh, witty and thought-provoking”

    Geoff Andrew, Time Out

  • “This is high wire cinema... sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

  • “Östlund’s eye for the subtleties of human behavior, especially public behavior, never fails”

    Emily Yoshida, Vulture

  • “Tremendous filmmaking; disarming, merciless, and so direct it’ll puncture the vein. You’ll most certainly squirm, but what a wonderful way to feel discomfort”

    Chris Haydon, Filmoria

  • “Bang gives a performance of perfect poise interspersed with controlled explosions”

    Raphael Abraham, Financial Times


Ruben Ostlund

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