Most people went into Cannes with films like “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Happy End,” “The Beguiled,” and “Wonderstruck” as Palme d’Or contenders, so it was a bit of a surprise when Pedro Almodóvar’s jury bestowed the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s “The Square.”
The lengthy dramatic satire didn’t receive unanimous praise, but every critic seemed to find something to admire in the story of a museum curator who loses his cell phone and spirals out of control. Danish actor Claes Bang receives an international breakthrough role as Christian, while the supporting cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, and Christopher Læssø.
Östlund is best known for his feature film “Force Majeure,” which earned rave reviews but failed to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Sweden has also named “The Square” its contender this year, and U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures will no doubt be campaigning hard for the poloarizing drama.
“The Square” opens in theaters October 27. Watch the official U.S. trailer below.