Ruben Östlund

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Ruben Östlund
Ruben Östlund in Aug 2014.jpg
Ruben Östlund in 2014.
Claes Olle Ruben Östlund

(1974-04-13) 13 April 1974 (age 47)
Styrsö, Sweden
Alma materUniversity of Gothenburg
Years active1993–present

Claes Olle Ruben Östlund (born 13 April 1974) is a Swedish film director and screenwriter. His films Force Majeure (2014) and the satirical picture The Square (2017) were both critically acclaimed and won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d'Or for the latter.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Östlund was born in Styrsö, Gothenburg Municipality, Sweden. After high school, he started working in various ski resorts in the Alps during the winter seasons. There he started filming his friends ski stunts and was eventually so good that he got work on a production company.

He went 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 first four feature-length fiction films were The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008), Play (2011), and Force Majeure (2014).[4] The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.[5][6] Östlund's short film Incident by a Bank won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[7] and Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival in 2011.

His film Force Majeure was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival[8] where it won the Jury Prize.[9] Sweden then submitted Force Majeure for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. After the Academy shortlisted but did not nominate it, Östlund released a humorous video of his response to missing the nomination list.[10] In 2016 he was a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes.[11]

In 2017, his film The Square, loosely inspired by some of his own experiences and art installation with Kalle Boman,[12][13] competed at the Cannes Film Festival, where it ultimately won the prestigious Palme d'Or.[14] Afterwards, he pursued the project Triangle of Sadness, a film about fashion models.[15]

He received in the 2020 king's medal in gold for significant efforts in Swedish film.[16]


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
2009 Incident by a Bank Händelse vid bank Fiction short
2011 Play Fiction feature
2014 Force Majeure Turist Fiction feature
2017 The Square Fiction feature
2022 Triangle of Sadness Fiction feature


  1. ^ Brooks, Xan (2018-03-11). "Ruben Östlund: 'All my films are about people trying to avoid losing face'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  2. ^ Carlberg, Ingrid (18 January 2009). "Folkfilmaren Ruben Östlund". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  3. ^ Pham, Annika (30 October 2008). "Interview with Ruben Östlund". Cineuropa. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. ^ Helmerson, Erik (21 March 2009). "Ruben Östlunds nya om unga som rånar". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. ^ "27th Moscow International Film Festival (2005)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  6. ^ Awards 2005 Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine, FIPRESCI; retrieved 26 July 2009.
  7. ^ Meza, Ed (17 February 2010). "'Bank' wins Golden Bear for best short". Variety. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  8. ^ "2014 Official Selection". (in French). Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Un Certain Regard 2014 Awards". Festival de Cannes 2014. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (16 January 2015). "Force Majeure's Ruben Ostlund Does 'Worst Man Cry' Over Oscar Snub – Video". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Un Certain Regard Jury 2016". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  12. ^ Page, Thomas (24 May 2017). "Cannes 2017: 'The Square' skewers the dark side of the art world". CNN. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  13. ^ Asp, Jon (27 January 2017). "Ruben Ostlund Talks About His New Film, 'The Square' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  14. ^ Pulver, Andrew (28 May 2017). "Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund wins Palme d'Or for The Square". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  15. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (9 June 2017). "From 'Square' to 'Triangle': Palme d'Or Winner Ruben Ostlund's New Project Unveiled (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Medaljförläningar 28 januari 2020 - Sveriges Kungahus". (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 28 January 2020. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

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