The Square

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The Square


Sunday Dec 17 07:00 PM
Tuesday Dec 19 07:00 PM
Wednesday Dec 20 01:00 PM
Thursday Dec 21 01:00 PM
Thursday Dec 21 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Ruben Östlund. Sweden / Germany / France / Denmark. 2017. 142 min. Starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary.

Director Ruben Östlund follows his critically acclaimed Swedish comedy-drama Force Majeure with the 2017 Palme d’Or winner The Square. Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a Stockholm art museum (and a tall, cool glass of water in slim-fit suits), a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next project is The Square, an installation that invites passersby to stand in, um, a square, delineated in the plaza in front of the museum that is meant to remind 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 a controversial campaign for The Square. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Östlund punctures inflated sacred cows like art, taste, sex, and money, and makes us squirm in our seats while he’s at it. 

“I wanted to make an elegant movie, with visual and rhetorical devices to provoke and entertain viewers,” says Östlund. “Thematically the film moves between topics such as responsibility and trust, rich and poor, power and powerlessness. The growing beliefs in the individual and the declining beliefs in the community. The distrust of the state, in media and in art.”

Read the New York Times review.

Read the New York Magazine profile of Claes Bang, “your new Danish crush.”

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