9/06/2017

The Art World Gets Roasted In New Trailer For 'The Square'


Many would argue that Ruben Ostlund's Force Majeure was screwed out of its place among the Best Foreign Language Oscar nominees. Chances are that won't happen a second time, as Ostlund's Palm d'Or winner The Square is Sweden's choice to vye for the Academy Award. The buzz surrounding the outlandish social satire has been so strong that denying it would be impossible, and wild trailers like this one are only going to get more people talking.

Once again it's tough to crack what the Hell the film is actually about other than skewering the cultural elite, in particular those pretentious sorts in the art world. Elisabeth Moss, Dominic Cooper, Claes Bang, Terry Notary, and Christopher Læssø star, although there is also an ape roommate to look out for. Here's the synopsis:

Christian is the respected 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 response 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.

The Square opens on October 27th.