Welcome home, Ruben!
Finally! It's been 25 years since the Palme d'Or went to a Swedish film (Bille August's Den goda viljan, 1992). In other words - time to celebrate! The Film House threw a party and welcomed Ruben Östlund and his team to an evening of golden helium balloons, inflatable palm trees (of course inflatable palm trees!), cheerleaders, much laughter and happy speeches.
Just like at the award ceremony in Cannes Ruben ended his speech in the Film House with a "winner's roar". The minister of Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, the minister of Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke and CEO at the Swedish Film Institute Anna Serner joined in, together with a choir of present party guests.
Dynamite Cheerleading play a part in The Square so of course they should be there when the Palme d'Or was celebrated. They performed a number especially coreographed for the occasion which you can se a part of in the short film below (don't forget to watch the short film!).
Kalle Boman has been a creative advisor for director Ruben Östlunds throughout his career. Here he is having a chat with Annica Liljeblad, who has a part in the film.
The actors Lise Stephenson Engström, Lilianne Mardon and Elijandro Edouard were also celebrated on the stage, on their right is the CEO at the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner.
Ruben Östlund's feature films Force Majeure (2014), Play (2011) and Involuntary (2008) have all travelled to Cannes. Alas, this was the first time one of his films were picked for the main competition. He showed his appreciation by scooping up the big prize, moreover the first Swedish Palme d'Or in 25 years.
Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious in the whole realm of film festivals. Furthermore, it was the 70th anniversary of the festival this year, and to mark the occasion the already exclusive golden object was sprinkled with diamonds.
Film and editing: Sami Maldonado, commissioned by the Swedish Film Institute.
Published 16 June 2017