We're giving away The Square on DVD, so come cringe along

“The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.” It’s also Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s celebrated followup to Force Majeure (2014), a dry and incisive satire of bourgeois art-world pretension to rival Force Majeure’s pointed skewering of toxic masculinity. The…

The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

Chicago, see Palme D'Or-winning cringe comedy The Square early and for free

Ruben Östlund’s philanthropic cringe comedy The Square was a surprise winner at the Cannes Film Festival this year, pulling down the coveted Palme D’Or from a packed crowd of festival favorites. Our own A.A. Dowd loved it, writing in his recent review that the film—about a museum curator whose pretensions of…

Cannes winner The Square is a scathingly funny art-world satire from the director of Force Majeure

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Ruben Östlund is a maestro of discomfort, and The Square, which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes earlier this year, might just be his magnum opus: a two-and-a-half-hour cringe comedy about the foibles of supposed high society, unfolding as a daisy chain of exquisitely awkward episodes. Östlund’s last movie, the bleakly…

Elisabeth Moss asks a tough question in this exclusive clip from Cannes winner The Square

Comedies almost never win Cannes; the rationale, one must assume, is they aren’t “serious” enough for the most prestigious film prize in the world. That makes this year’s Palme D’Or winner, The Square, a welcome anomaly. Like writer-director Ruben Östlund’s last movie, Force Majeure, it’s a hilarious savaging of male…

Fantastic Fest's new "satellite festivals" will bring cool movies around the country

The downside of most cool film festivals is that they’re not happening anywhere near wherever you happen to live (unless you happen to be a Cannes or Park City native, which sounds like it would be annoying), so the people behind Austin’s Fantastic Fest have decided to take some of their cool movie fun around the…

The Square wins the Palme D’Or and Nicole Kidman gets a special award at Cannes

Early today, Pedro Almodóvar and his Cannes jury announced the winners at the film festival’s annual awards ceremony, but since it wouldn’t be the Cannes awards without some surprises, they threw in a couple of bonus awards just for fun. Specifically, Nicole Kidman was awarded a special prize simply for ubiquity, with…

The filmmakers behind The Square are making a documentary about the Sony hack

The media—ourselves included—talked about the Sony hack so much last year that we’d completely understand if you never wanted to hear about it again. Unfortunately, it was a big dramatic thing that happened in Hollywood, so we’re going to keep hearing about it until the next big dramatic thing happens in Hollywood. On…