Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish director whose previous film, Force Majeure, was a darkly hilarious examination of male insecurity and cowardice, has revealed details of his next picture, a provocative satire of the art world.
Variety reports Ostlund’s The Square is being pitched to financiers and distributors as a work-in-progress at the Goteborg Film Festival. The film stars The Wire’s Dominic West as an American artist debuting his latest work, “an installation meant to promote altruism” (oh boy, rubs hands) at a respected museum. Elisabeth Moss co-stars, so yes, this one’s in English, which should come as a relief to all you subtitle-haters who are waiting for Force Majeure’s American remake.
The Square’s American distribution rights have already been sold off to the fine folks at Magnolia Pictures, who also handled Majeure’s stateside release. And that’s not all they’re hoping to replicate: the film is aiming to debut at the Cannes Film Festival, where Majeure won the Un Certain Regard jury prize. That’ll probably translate to a fall release, which isn’t fricking soon enough.