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The Square – (dir. Ruben Östlund)
Icon Event Hall + Lounge – Doors Open 5:30pm Food & Beverage Available for Purchase – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 140 min
Language: English, Swedish, Danish
Rating: R for language, brief violence, and scene with strong sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Art, World Cinema
(Admission included for Fast Pass holders.)
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Claes Bang.
Film Summary: THE SQUARE, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme D’Or, finds writer-director Ruben Östlund as ambitious as ever — and delivering an unforgettably unusual work whose challenging themes pay thought-provoking dividends. 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.
Cinema Falls fans will remember this director from our prior screening of FORCE MAJEURE. This film is part of our Cinema Falls Studio Series for true art house lovers. This film will likely end up on the Academy shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film.
What the critics are saying:
It’s laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally just plain silly. But it asks a serious question that seems more urgent with every passing day: “How much inhumanity does it take before we access your humanity?”
– Toronto Star
Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s (‘Force Majeure’) latest feature is a blistering satire of the modern art world, and features a sequence that will make your jaw completely drop.
– Daily Beast
[A] wickedly funny film, which is mostly about a feeling problem-the gap between what we think we feel, as kind and caring people, and the deeds we actually do.
– Wall Street Journal
[Ruben] Ostlund is a master at showing the ways in which we are all bumbling fools at heart; his cinema is a symphony of awkward interactions and stupid mistakes, building to a crescendo of ineptitude.
– The Wrap
A potent, disturbing work that explores the boundaries of political correctness, artistic liberty and free speech in provocative ways.
– Hollywood Reporter
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