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Terry Notary in The Square. Photo: TriArt Film

The Square nominated for Best European Comedy

Swedish films have snatched up the European Film Award for Best Comedy two years in a row. Last year, Hannes Holm's Oscar-nominated A Man Called Ove took home the award, while the prior year Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence won the highly-coveted prize. The EFAs are again upon us. Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or-winning The Square has been nominated in the same category.

– How fantastic that a Palme d'Or winner is nominated in the Best Comedy category. I hope the entire Swedish film industry realises how utterly outstanding it is that Sweden could potentially bring home this prize for the third year in a row, stated The Square's producer, Erik Hemmendorff.

– What a joy that film humour is granted the space to mean so many different things. The audience at The Square's premiere in Cannes laughed a great deal, but all for different reasons. That speaks to the potential of film to strike at various levels, its potential to reach people from all corners of the globe. In other words, even Swedish humour can be universal, added the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner.

The Square continues its victory parade in Sweden and abroad. The film had its French premiere last week, with over 100,000 tickets sold during the first five days. The US release is set for Friday 27 October, while the film is still being screened in cinemas across Sweden. Prizes continue pouring in for The Square, with the EFA nomination for Best Comedy being the latest for Östlund's Palme d'Or winner.