Ruben Östlund

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Ruben Östlund
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Ruben Östlund in 2014.
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Claes Olle Ruben Östlund

(1974-04-13) 13 April 1974 (age 45)
Alma mater University of Gothenburg
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active1993–present

Claes Olle Ruben Östlund (born 13 April 1974) is a Swedish film director and screenwriter. His films Force Majeure (2014) and the satirical picture The Square (2017) were both critically acclaimed and won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d'Or for the latter. [1]

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Life and career

Östlund was born in Styrsö, Gothenburg Municipality, Sweden. He started as a director of skiing films in the 1990s, and eventually went on to study at the film school in Gothenburg, from which he graduated in 2001. He was accepted to the school based on his skiing films. [2] Together with film producer Erik Hemmendorff he is the co-founder of the production company Plattform Produktion, which produces his films. [3]

His first four feature-length fiction films were The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008), Play (2011), and Force Majeure (2014). [4] The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. [5] [6] Östlund's short film Incident by a Bank won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. [7] and Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival in 2011.

His film Force Majeure was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival [8] where it won the Jury Prize. [9] Sweden then submitted Force Majeure for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. After the Academy shortlisted but did not nominate it, Östlund released a humorous video of his response to missing the nomination list. [10] In 2016 he was a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes. [11]

In 2017, his film The Square , loosely inspired by some of his own experiences and art installation with Kalle Boman, [12] [13] competed at the Cannes Film Festival, where it ultimately won the prestigious Palme d'Or. [14] Afterwards, he pursued the project Triangle of Sadness , a film about fashion models. [15]

Filmography

YearEnglish titleOriginal titleType
1993AddictedSkiing film
1997Free RadicalsSkiing film
1998Free Radicals 2Skiing film
2000Låt dom andra sköta kärlekenDocumentary
2002Family AgainFamilj igenDocumentary
2004 The Guitar Mongoloid GitarrmongotFiction feature
2005Autobiographical Scene Number 6882Scen nr: 6882 ur mitt livFiction short
2008 Involuntary De ofrivilligaFiction feature
2009Incident by a BankHändelse vid bankFiction short
2011 Play Fiction feature
2014 Force Majeure TuristFiction feature
2017 The Square Fiction feature

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2009 Cannes Film Festival Film festival

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1998 Cannes Film Festival

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1978 Cannes Film Festival

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1984 Cannes Film Festival

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<i>Involuntary</i> (film) 2008 Swedish film directed by Ruben Östlund

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2010 Cannes Film Festival Film festival

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival was held from 12 to 23 May 2010, in Cannes, France. The Cannes Film Festival, hailed as being one of the most recognized and prestigious film festivals worldwide, was founded in 1946. It consists of having films screened in and out of competition during the festival; films screened in competition compete for the Palme d'Or award. The award in 2010 was won by Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a Thai film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This was determined by the festival's jury members who reviewed films screened in competition. American film director Tim Burton was the president of the jury for the international competition, and other members of the jury for that competition included actors, screenwriters and composers, such as Kate Beckinsale, Emmanuel Carrère, Benicio del Toro, and Alexandre Desplat. Other categories for films screened in competition that have their own separate juries for other awards are for Short Films and the Un Certain Regard category.

2011 Cannes Film Festival Film festival

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2012 Cannes Film Festival Film festival

The 65th Cannes Film Festival was held from 16 to 27 May 2012. Italian film director Nanni Moretti was the President of the Jury for the main competition and British actor Tim Roth was the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section. French actress Bérénice Bejo hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.

2013 Cannes Film Festival Film festival

The 66th Cannes Film Festival took place in Cannes, France, from 15 to 26 May 2013. Steven Spielberg was the head of the jury for the main competition. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Film sections. French actress Audrey Tautou hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. Actress Kim Novak was named guest of honour and introduced a new restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Film festival

The 67th Cannes Film Festival was held from 14 to 25 May 2014. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the main competition section. The Palme d'Or was awarded to the Turkish film Winter Sleep directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

<i>Force Majeure</i> (film) 2014 film

Force Majeure is a 2014 internationally co-produced comedy-drama film directed by Ruben Östlund. It follows the marital tension resulting from an avalanche during which the husband, named Tomas, prioritizes his own escape over the safety of his family. The title used for the film in some English-speaking countries comes from force majeure, a contractual clause freeing both parties from liability in the event of unexpected disasters.

2016 Cannes Film Festival Film festival

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<i>The Square</i> (2017 film) 2017 Swedish film directed by Ruben Östlund

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