The Square

Curzon Film World

Distribution: Selective scheme

England

2017

Total project grant (euros)

64,400

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

Distribution: Selective scheme

Call number

19/2016

Call publication date

21 Sep 2016

Application deadline

14 Jun 2017

Result publication date

14 Nov 2017

UK release date

16 Mar 2018

The Square is a 2017 Swedish satirical drama film directed by Ruben Östlund and starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, The Square revolves around Christian (Bang), a divorced but devoted father of two, and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. He's gearing up to launch their next show, ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining altruism and our duty to help others. However, Christian's own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it. Meanwhile, a shocking viral stunt cooked up by the museum's PR agency is met with public outcry, sending Christian – and the museum – into an existential crisis. With pitch-perfect performances, inventive set pieces and a cutting deadpan wit, The Square is a hilarious, unique and often surreal look at idealism and cynicism in the modern world.

The Square received Creative Europe support through the Automatic and Selective distribution schemes as well as through the Sales Agents scheme.

Louisa Dent, Managing Director of Curzon Artificial Eye, said:

"Creative Europe support makes a significant contribution to Curzon's ability to champion European film. It not only helps us take acquisition risks and mount ambitious releases of non-national European films, but also encourages collaboration with European partners such as sales agents and filmmakers."

Look at our 2017 Results report for a comprehensive overview of Creative Europe's support to the distribution of European films in the UK in 2017.

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