A scene from Ruben Ostlund's Palme d'Or-winning feature 'The Square.'
Photo by Fredrik Wenzel © Plattform Produktion, courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival
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Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, the shock winner Sunday of the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, loves nothing better than sending up vanity and pretention. Known for the dark sense of humor he honed during his years as a ski bum, Ostlund made his big international breakthrough at Cannes in 2014, when his "Force Majeure" won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section where it premiered.The 43-year-old Ostlund went to film school in Gothenburg, and he remains stubbornly ensconced there."The Square" was filmed partly there – as was "Force Majeure" and his 2011 film "Play," about a child street gang, which was heavily debated in Sweden for addressing issues of power and race.For Ostlund, it is situations, rather than characters, that make a movie, and the film certainly throws up some memorable ones.The first Swedish film to compete for the Palme d'Or in 17 years, Ostlund made "The Square" with the clear aim of getting it into the official competition at Cannes.
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