Winner of The Palme d'Or, 2017
*The Palme d'Or (The "Golden Palm") is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by 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.
“Thrillingly weird … it sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds…. This is high wire cinema….!" 4 STARS, THE GUARDIAN
“Sly and gleaming bourgeois art-world satire …you’re rooted to your seat….Östlund at his best can have his cake and push it in your face….The burn here is positively languid – has a culminative force that can’t be resisted…!” 4 STARS, TELEGRAPH
“Swedish Satire Goes Ape, in the best way. brilliantly funny… bold, generous and marvellously constructed.” THE WRAP
“Ostlund’s eye for the subtleties of human behavior, especially public behaviour, never fails." VULTURE