The Square

Ruben Östlund, Sweden, 2017

145 min.Feature

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.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title The Square
Danish title The Square
Director Ruben Östlund
Screenplay Ruben Östlund
Producer Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Director of Photography Fredrik Wenzel
Editor Ruben Östlund, Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Sound Andreas Franck
Production designer Josefin Åsberg
Casting Pauline Hansson
Appearance Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary
Production country Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark
Domestic distribution Scanbox Entertainment Danmark A/S
Danish theatrical release 23.11.2017
Cinemas Storkøbenhavn: Albertslund Biograferne, Ballerup Baltoppen Bio 1-2, Empire Bio København, Gentofte Kino, Grand Teatret København,
Ishøj Bio 1-2-3, Nordisk Film Biografer Dagmar, Nordisk Film Biografer Falkoner, Nordisk Film Biografer Field's, Nordisk
Film Biografer Lyngby, Nordisk Film Biografer Taastrup, Reprise Teatret Holte, Viften Rødovre, Værløse Bio.
Sjælland & Øerne: Cinema Center Helsingør, Kulturbiografen Frysehuset Holbæk, Nordisk Film Biografer Frederikssund, Nordisk Film
Biografer Hillerød, Nordisk Film Biografer Køge, Nordisk Film Biografer Nykøbing Falster, Nordisk Film Biografer
Næstved, Nordisk Film Biografer Waves, Næstved Bio, Trommen Bio Hørsholm.
Jylland: Apollon Struer, Biffen Aalborg, CinemaxX Aarhus, Kino 1-2-3 Thisted, Klovborg Kino, Lido Biograferne Vejle, Lønstrup
Cafe Bio, Malling Bio, Nordisk Film Biografer Esbjerg, Nordisk Film Biografer Herning, Nordisk Film Biografer Kolding,
Nordisk Film Biografer Randers, Nordisk Film Biografer Trøjborg, Nordisk Film Biografer Aalborg, Nordisk Film
Biografer Aalborg City Syd, Nordisk Film Biografer Aarhus, Palads Teatret Frederikshavn, Ringkøbing Bio, Rødding Bio,
Silkeborg Bio, Øst for Paradis Aarhus.
Fyn: Cafe Biografen Odense, Nordisk Film Biografer Odense, Scala 1-2-3-4 Svendborg.
DFI subsidy Minor
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Plattform Produktion
Co-production Film i Väst, Essential Films, Parisienne, Coproduction Office, Sveriges Television, Imperative Entertainment, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF
With support from Svenska Filminstitutet, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Det Danske Filminstitut, Alamode Filmverleih, TriArt Film, Danmarks Radio
In collaboration with ARTE
Domestic distribution Scanbox Entertainment Danmark A/S


Direction Ruben Östlund
Casting Pauline Hansson


Screenplay Ruben Östlund


Producer Erik Hemmendorff
Producer Philippe Bober
Executive producer Tomas Eskilsson
Executive producer Agneta Perman
Executive producer Dan Friedkin
Executive producer Bradley Thomas
Co-producer Isabell Wiegand
Co-producer Sarah Nagel
Co-producer Katja Adomeit
Line producer Anna-Klara Carlsten
Producer's assistant Annette Averhoff
Producer's assistant Tine Mikkelsen


Director of Photography Fredrik Wenzel


Editor Ruben Östlund
Editor Jacob Secher Schulsinger

Production design

Production designer Josefin Åsberg


Costume designer Sofie Krunegård


Hair and makeup artist Erika Spetzig


Sound Jonas Rudels
Sound Jesper Miller
Sound designer Andreas Franck


Christian Claes Bang
Anne Elisabeth Moss
Julian Dominic West
Oleg Terry Notary
Michael Christopher Læssø

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Reviews and articles

On the library you can find these articles and revies and other material about the film.
Type Source Author Date
Varia Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Ritzau 2018-01-24
Varia Politiken-Fonden Hornung, Peter Michael 2018-01-13
Varia Berlingske Tidende Lindberg, Kristian 2017-12-16
Varia BT Ritzau 2017-12-16
Varia BT Ritzau 2017-12-16
Interview Berlingske Tidende Lindberg, Kristian 2017-11-24
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Green Jensen, Bo 2017-11-24
Anmeldelse BT Lind, Michael 2017-11-23
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Sauntved, Louise Kidde 2017-11-23
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Queitsch, Henrik 2017-11-23
Anmeldelse Information Monggaard, Christian 2017-11-23
Interview Information Monggaard, Christian 2017-11-23
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Sommer Boysen, Katrine 2017-11-23
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christenen, Kim 2017-11-23
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