Swedish director Ruben Östlund is one of the rare modern day auteurs that deals often in comedy. 2014′s Force Majeure made Östlund’s presence known as someone who can make a high art comedy film that isn’t covered in pretension.
Östlund’s latest, The Square, nabbed one of cinema’s most revered prizes, The Cannes Palme d’Or, which isn’t an award that ever really goes to any sort of comedic work. Even more impressive, he seems to have made a truly international movie with stars from all over the globe (Claes Bang from Denmark, Dominic West from UK, Elisabeth Moss from the US) without having it seemed forced.
On top of all of that, The Square appears to be a devilishly calculated, comedic dressing down of the art world and the people who run it.
See all of this for yourself in the trailer here.