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Swedish director Ruben Östlund, on the set of Play
In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund
March 21, 2015 until March 28, 2015

A sly, trenchant observer of human behavior under duress, the Swedish director Ruben Östlund is quickly emerging as one of world cinema’s most distinctive voices, equal parts satirist and sociologist. Östlund, who began his career in the 1990s directing skiing films, has for the past decade been collecting prizes at major festivals, including Cannes, where his latest, the widely acclaimed Force Majeure, took the Grand Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard competition. Two of his four features have been chosen as the official Swedish Oscar entry: 2008’s Involuntary and now Force Majeure this year. In Östlund’s bracing, darkly funny movies, modern life takes shape as a series of simultaneously devastating and absurd crises, no less real for being imagined, and the civilized veneer of Western bourgeois society barely conceals all manner of foibles and prejudices. His deconstructions of ego and privilege are elegant provocations, designed to defy easy identification and, in his words, “make the audience take a moral stand on its own.”
 
Ruben Östlund was born Styrso, a small island in the Gothenburg Municipality on Sweden's west coast, in April of 1974. He began his cinematic career in the early 1990s where he directed several skiing films, non-fiction films that capture the experience of outdoor snow sport culture; these films eventually led him to study at the film school in Gothenburg where he graduated in 2001. In 2004, Östlund made his feature fiction film debut with Gitarrmongot, which was not only the first Swedish feature film to be shot on video but also won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow the following year. His subsequent features, Involuntary (2008) and Play (2011) also captured awards and international festival attention. 2014 saw the release of Östlund 's fourth feature fiction film Force Majeure, won the Best Film award at was nominated in nine other categories at the 50th Guldbagge Awards, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and was Sweden's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
 
The Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden, is proud to present this retrospective of one of contemporary world cinema’s most exciting new talents.
 
The touring retrospective is produced by Comeback Company, in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute and Plattform Produktion, with additional support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Embassy of Sweden in Ottawa.

Tickets (also available at the door):
General Admission: $13 each film, or $20 for nightly double-bills
CFI Members, Seniors (65+), Students: $9 each film, or $15 for nightly double-bills
Students of Carleton University: FREE!

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Program:
Ruben Östlund  •  Sweden  •  2011  •  118 min
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 6:30 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Swedish, with English sub-titles • Presented in 35mm!
 
Ruben Östlund  •  Sweden  •  2014  •  118 min
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Swedish, with English sub-titles
 
Ruben Östlund  •  Sweden  •  2008  •  98 min
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Swedish, with English sub-titles • Presented in 35mm!
 
Ruben Östlund  •  Sweden  •  2004  •  89 min
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Swedish, with English sub-titles • Presented in 35mm!