Modern art is where you find it in Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s satire The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. The film is loosely based on Östlund and producer Kalle Boman’s own foray into the world of art instillation, and the lengths anyone will go to promote new works in a competitive field.
The Square also lauds the community around the art world, the egos of the rich and the courage it takes to bring a mirror that reflects the world.
The official synopsis reads:
Christian is the successful curator of a modern art museum He lives in the epicenter of the art community and takes his work very seriously. A few days before the opening of the prestigious exhibition The Square he is mugged, which he can neither shake off or let pass unnoticed. Christian embarks on a hunt for the perpetrator and ends up in situations that turn steadily more amusing, and make him question his own moral compass. Simultaneously he has to deal with the PR agency the museum hired to help market the upcoming exhibition. Something which takes an unexpected turn and plunges both the curator and the museum into crisis.
The Square stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary.
You can watch the trailer here:
The Square hits UK cinemas next March (although it’s getting a US release next month).