Ruben Östlund

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Ruben Östlund
Ruben Östlund in Aug 2014.jpg
Ruben Östlund in 2014.
Born Claes Olle Ruben Östlund
(1974-04-13) 13 April 1974 (age 42)
Styrsö, Gothenburg Municipality, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film editor, producer, cinematographer
Years active 1993–present

Claes Olle Ruben Östlund (born 13 April 1974) is a Swedish film director. He has directed four feature-length fiction films: The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008), Play (2011), and Force Majeure (2014).[1]


Ruben Östlund started as a director of skiing films in the 1990s, and eventually went on to study at the film school in Gothenburg, from which he graduated in 2001. He was accepted to the school based on his skiing films.[2] Together with film producer Erik Hemmendorff he is the co-founder of the production company Plattform Produktion, which produces his films.[3]

His 2004 film The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.[4][5] Östlund's short film Incident by a Bank won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[6] and Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival in 2011.

His 2014 film Force Majeure was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival[7] where it won the Jury Prize.[8]

In 2016 he was a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[9]


Year English title Original title Type
1993 Addicted Skiing film
1997 Free Radicals Skiing film
1998 Free Radicals 2 Skiing film
2000 Låt dom andra sköta kärleken Documentary
2002 Family Again Familj igen Documentary
2004 The Guitar Mongoloid Gitarrmongot Fiction feature
2005 Autobiographical Scene Number 6882 Scen nr: 6882 ur mitt liv Fiction short
2008 Involuntary De ofrivilliga Fiction feature
2010 Incident by a Bank Händelse vid bank Fiction short
2011 Play Fiction feature
2014 Force Majeure Turist Fiction feature
2017 The Square The Square Fiction feature


  1. ^ Helmerson, Erik (2009-03-21). "Ruben Östlunds nya om unga som rånar". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ Carlberg, Ingrid (2009-01-18). "Folkfilmaren Ruben Östlund". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ Pham, Annika (2008-10-30). "Interview with Ruben Östlund". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  4. ^ "27th Moscow International Film Festival (2005)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  5. ^ Awards 2005. FIPRESCI. Retrieved on 2009-07-26.
  6. ^ Meza, Ed (2010-02-17). "'Bank' wins Golden Bear for best short". Variety. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  7. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Un Certain Regard 2014 Awards". Festival de Cannes 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Un Certain Regard Jury 2016". Cannes Film Festival. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 

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