The Guitar Mongoloid

“One of the quirkiest Swedish films of recent memory, Östlund’s film has all the makings of a cult classic. Defying traditional norms of storytelling, it presents a dark but also humorous depiction of a society with lonely people and sudden outbursts of violence. In each sequence, the camera remains in a fixed position, recording events that unfold. On a roof, a young boy twists TV antennas so viewers’ reception goes fuzzy. A woman leaves her apartment, showing signs of compulsive behavior. A boy plays his guitar, screaming rather than singing the lyrics. Some young men destroy all the bicycles they can find. Two men in a kitchen try to convince a third man, whose face is digitally obscured, to participate in a game of Russian roulette. These people, and others, reappear throughout the film, which has no traditional narrative, instead describing moods and feelings in Sweden in the new millennium.”—Variety.

Genres: Drama, Black Comedy

Other Films by Ruben Östlund

Maria Lundqvist

Involuntary

In this brilliant comedy of Swedish manners, Östlund offers five inter-set stories in which respect for authority is challenged. Whether focused on a famous actress unwilling to admit guilt or teens exploring their sexuality via webcam, the film’s segments pose questions about group mentality and social influences. Tensions mount as each character is pressed to

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Play

“A deliberately provoked racial incident, based on numerous similar real life transgressions, is played for all it’s worth in Play. Swedish writer/director Östlund employs mesmerizing visual strategies to relate a disturbing tale of how five savvy African immigrant boys in Gothenburg take advantage of the liberal guilt and placating temperament of three local kids to

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Force Majeure

Picture-perfect Swedes Tomas, Ebba, and their two kids are enjoying a pleasant family getaway at a French ski resort, until an avalanche strikes. Although everyone walks away unharmed, Tomas’ gut reaction to the incident shakes his marriage to its core. Filled with wicked humor and piercing satire, Östlund’s chilling comedy of manners won the Un