In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund

  • March 26, 2015 — March 30, 2015

Internationally acclaimed Swedish director Ruben Östlund began his career in the 1990s directing skiing films before moving on to shorts and features. His new film, Force Majeure, won the Grand Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival and was Sweden’s submission for this years’ Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. “In Östlund’s bracing, darkly funny movies, modern life takes shape as a series of simultaneously devastating and absurd crises, no less real for being imagined, and the civilized veneer of Western bourgeois society barely conceals all manner of foibles and prejudices. His deconstructions of ego and privilege are elegant provocations, designed to defy easy identification and, in his words, “make the audience take a moral stand on its own.”—Film Society of Lincoln Center.

This touring retrospective is produced by Comeback Company, in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute and Plattform Produktion, with additional support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Embassy of Sweden in the U.S. and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. Thanks to the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Portland, for sponsoring these screenings.


Force Majeure

Directed by Ruben Östlund

Picture-perfect Swedes Tomas, Ebba, and their two kids are enjoying a pleasant family getaway at a French ski resort, until

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Directed by Ruben Östlund

“A deliberately provoked racial incident, based on numerous similar real life transgressions, is played for all it’s worth in Play.

Erik Rutström, skåd

The Guitar Mongoloid

Directed by Ruben Östlund

“One of the quirkiest Swedish films of recent memory, Östlund’s film has all the makings of a cult classic. Defying

Maria Lundqvist


Directed by Ruben Östlund

In this brilliant comedy of Swedish manners, Östlund offers five inter-set stories in which respect for authority is challenged. Whether