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Directed by Ruben Östlund

Sweden, Germany 2017 142 mins. In Swedish, English, Danish

Winner of the Palme d’Or (the top jury prize) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Square is a darkly comic satire skewering the contemporary art world’s pretensions and neuroses. Christian (Claes Bang) is the urbane, progressively minded curator of an art museum in Stockholm. His coming show is “The Square,” an installation—a “sanctuary of trust and caring”—which invites audiences to reflect on their role as responsible fellow human beings. But when his cell phone is stolen, it turns out ideals are sometimes hard to live up to. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for the exhibition, the public response to which sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. In Swedish, English and Danish with English subtitles. Tonight’s screening is open to Silver Screen Club members only. Thanks to Magnolia Pictures.

Genres: Satire, Drama