– Film i Väst congratulates Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff and Plattform Produktion to a Palme d’Or, on the most prestigeous and most important film festival in the world. As a co-producer it is amazing to during more than a century have had the opportunity to follow a film creator from the Swedish west coast, who now have established himself at the absolute top level in the cinema world. We are already looking forward to his next film, Tomas Eskilsson, Head of Production at Film i Väst, says.
Among the actors are Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, 2007-2015, Top of the Lake, 2013-2017, The Free World, 2016, Truth, 2015, The One I Love, 2014) and Claes Bang (Sibel & Max, 2015-2016, The Bridge, 2013).THE SQUARE also features actors like Christopher Læssø (Sjit Happens, 2016, The Bridge, 2015) and the internationally renowned art gallerist Marina Schiptjenko.
The film is a Swedish, French and German co-production, by and large shot and post-produced in the west region of Sweden with complementary shootings in Stockholm and Berlin during June-October 2016.
The film team consists of most of the same professionals behind Force Majeure, such as scenographer Josefin Åsberg, the Guldbagge Awarded director of photography Fredrik Wenzel and the editor Jacob Schulsinger, among others.
Film i Väst has co-produced all of Ruben Östlund’s feature films that have participated in Cannes over the years. Apart from THE SQUARE and Force Majeure, Involuntary (2008) was screened in Un Certain Regard and Play (2011) won Coup de Coeur i Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.
THE SQUARE is produced by Erik Hemmendorff at Plattform Produktion in co-production with Film i Väst, SVT, Imperative Entertainment, Essential Film, Société Parisienne de Production, Coproduction Office ApS, ZDF/Arte and Arte France Cinéma and with support of the Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eurimages, the Danish Film Institute and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.