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Ruben Östlund’s The Square. Photo: TriArt Film

Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winning film selected for Toronto International Film Festival

Swedish director and scriptwriter Ruben Östlund's satirical drama, The Square, won the film world's most prestigious prize, the Palme d'Or, at this year's Cannes Film Festival. At today's press conference, it was announced that the film has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, considered by many to be the most influential festival after Cannes.

The Square will be screened in the Special Presentations section, a category for high-profile films with leading directors and actors, which often offers a clue to potential Oscar contenders.

– How incredible to follow up Cannes with such a wonderful slot at Toronto, where the entire North American film industry collects. Force Majeure was such a huge success that wherever we went, Ruben's name was being called out... stated the film's producer, Erik Hemmendorff.

The Square will be released in Swedish cinemas on the 25th of August, distributed by TriArt Film. The film is produced by Erik Hemmendorff, Plattform Produktion, and received funding from the Swedish Film Institute's former feature film commissioner Magdalena Jangard. The international sales agent is Coproduction Office.

The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting the times in which we live, a commentary on community, moral courage and the affluent individual's tendency towards egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

Ruben Östlund wrote The Square's script and sat in the director's seat. The cast features Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Christopher Læssø and Marina Schiptjenko, while Fredrik Wenzel filled the role of cinematographer. Josefin Åsberg, who worked as the set designer on Östlund's Force Majeure, once again handled the scenography, and was also awarded at this year's Cannes, winning the Vulcan Award for the Technical Artist.

The Square follows Ruben Östlund's record award-winning Force Majeure, which took home six Swedish Guldbagge Awards, also winning the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Force Majeure was nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language category.

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For the third year in a row, the Swedish Film Institute's CEO Anna Serner has been invited to speak at the festival's conference for the international film industry. This year, Serner will participate as a Mogul speaker – a series of conversations with some of the film world's most powerful and influential individuals – including Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Valentine). Serner will speak about the work being done to achieve gender equality in the Swedish film industry, and how these efforts affect gender equality in the global film industry.

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