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dir. Ruben Östlund
Sweden, 2011, 118 minutes
Swedish, with English sub-titles • Presented in 35mm!

In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund
Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 6:30 pm
Based on a real series of crimes in the director’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, Play follows a group of young boys who use scams and psychological intimidation to rob other boys. Over the course of a day, the bullies encounter three boys who become their hostages, toying with them as they lead them around the city. The film’s naturalistic acting is captured in cold, detached long takes. Östlund’s camera calmly observes as a complex social drama unfolds, provoking vital questions about race and class, social power dynamics and methods of control, apathy, authority and public surveillance, all without providing easy answers. Stunning.
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