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De ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
dir. Ruben Östlund
Sweden, 2008, 98 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 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
Östlund’s award-winning and Cannes selected 2008 film Involuntary, follows a series of scenes depicting different forms of group behaviour. Inspired by personal experiences and the stories of friends, the characters in the film are varied, as well as their circumstances, translating into a number of vignettes exposing the absurdity of group dynamics. A man is injured by a fire cracker on the night of his own birthday celebration and refuses to seek medical attention; a teacher witnesses an act of abuse by her colleague on a troubled student; two young girls pose provocatively for their webcam and ask strange men to buy them alcohol; a coach driver refuses to take his passengers to their destination until someone confesses to damaging the bus; and a group of thirty year old men get together for a drunken weekend on the country-side. Each narrative creates a tension, propelled by Östlund’s long takes and cinematography, in which you don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or cringe.

Preceded by INCIDENT BY A BANK (Händelse vid bank), Sweden, 2009, 12 min.
Two men notice two young bumbling thieves-to-be arrive on a moped and stop to watch the events unfold. Experience the very real robbery that took place before the eyes of ​Östlund and his producer Erik Hemmendorff. Winner of the Berlin Golden Bear short film prize.