Standing ovation for Ruben Östlund in Cannes

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A long-standing ovation rounded off the screening of Ruben Östlund’s film Force Majeure. The full house in the Salle Debussy stood up and applauded for several minutes when the final credits rolled. The film is in competition in the section Un Certain Regard.

Distributed in Sweden by TriArt film, the film’s international sales agent is Coproduction Office. Produced by Plattform Produktion, Force Majeure was awarded production funding by the Swedish Film Institute’s former feature film commissioner Lars G. Lindström.

The film has already received many favourable reviews both internationally and in Sweden.

Peter Debruge, Variety

… but in Force Majeure, where icy detachment suits the situation at the same time, the helmer’s creative choices are more apparent, the style finally feels justified: It’s Michael Haneke meets Scenes From a Marriage.

Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

… confrontational and sharply observed feature of Swedish provocateur Ruben Östlund.

Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

A sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama inspired by the selfishness of our survival instincts, Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s fourth feature is his best yet. Though screening in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, this impressive film, revolving around a Swedish family’s unexpectedly conflictual skiing holiday in the French Alps, would not have looked out of place in competition.

Henry Barnes, The Guardian

Östlund invites us to look at ourselves honestly. He points out our inconsistencies, attempts to hold us to account for our worst hypocrisies. Force Majeure is a frightening film. It brushes off our surface layer, shows us the icy truth underneath.

Mårten Blomkvist, Dagens Nyheter

“An avalanche of applause for Östlund’s Force Majeure – this story of a father on a skiing holiday who abandons his family at a critical moment was applauded for three minutes, the most positive reception so far for any film in the section Un Certain Regard.  Many people in the audience thought it could well have been in competition for the Palme d’Or.”

Jan-Olov Andersson, Aftonbladet

“On the whole it’s a very stylish, well-acted, intense and engaging story of a family and of a man in deep crisis, above all. Yet it also manages to be funny, at times. Johannes Bah Kuhnke will be the man to beat at next year’s Guldbagge awards.”

via the Swedish Film Institute