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The Square

(Rated MA15+)

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Presented by Art Month

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Overview

Male fragility. Misguided performance art. Social media. The obscene luxury of the ruling class. Little is off-limits for Swedish satirist Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure). The Square, the 2017 recipient of the coveted Palme d’Or, turns a deliciously critical eye to the dysfunctional foibles of the art world. Christian (Claes Bang) is the self-absorbed curator of a contemporary art museum in central Stockholm. As he begins an awkward affair with an American journalist (Elizabeth Moss), a series of increasingly absurd calamities begin to infiltrate his comfortable surrounds, including but not limited to: a shocking PR campaign in support of new installation (the titular Square), extreme performance art and a mysterious robbery. Things couldn’t possibly get any worse... could they?

"Gobsmackingly weird and outrageous spectacle ... performance-art cinema"
— The Guardian
"Smart, sharp, deliciously uncomfortable ... An excoriating razor-burn of a movie that deploys drollery like an instrument of torture"
— The Playlist
"Shows that slow burn, when it’s kindled just right, has a cumulative heat that makes you wilt in your seat"
— The Telegraph UK

Why You Should See This Film

Between its contentious condoms and exploding children, The Square is an outrageous pastiche of art world conventions and social morality. Reminiscent of the scathing tragicomedies of Michael Haneke and Luis Buñuel, the film relishes in skewering the haughty insularity of high culture. You’ll never look at chimpanzees the same way again.

Presented by Art Month

Taking place between March 6th – 29th 2020, Art Month is a city-wide festival that celebrates contemporary art, artists and galleries through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, artist studio visits, tours, precinct nights, parties and more.

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  • Year: 2017
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: Ruben Östlund
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, Dominic West
  • Duration: 151 minutes
  • Language: English, Swedish with English subtitles
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