From Ruben Östlund, writer/director of Golden Globe nominee Force Majeure, comes another unnerving and provocative satire, The Square, winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Christian (Claes Bang) is the handsome, sophisticated and somewhat smug curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish over-reaction to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.” The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
Also starring Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Dominic West (“The Affair”) and “animal” actor Terry Notary. Sweden’s Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film consideration at the 90th Academy Awards. (Partially subtitled)
Please join FBWE Villager Christina Farnsworth who will lead the discussion following the movie. Chrisina says:
"Nothing in a film is accidental, something learned while getting my undergraduate degree in Mass Media from Mundelein College Chicago (now absorbed by Loyola University Chicago). Students watched movies while scribbling notes using nurse's pens (the pens featured lights so that you could write in the dark). You'd watch the film once to get the major arch, and, then later, a second time to delve into the details. Script, lighting, sets, costume, sound and actors wove the story in purposeful, exquisite detail -- or not. Film has its own language. Student teams learned to speak that language in both solo and group films. We all became cinematographers and film editors, at least while in school. After graduation, I stuck with becoming an author and journalist who loves movies."
Cost: Members pay for their ticket.
Arrival: Start time is 1:15 p.m. and runs 2 hrs, 31 mins.
Accessibility: The theater is completely accessible.
For Village members and registration is recommended.