It is unfortunate that over here in America we rarely get to see entrants in the Cannes Film Festival in theaters outside of the yearly American entries and if we’re lucky the Palme D’Or or Un Certain Regard winners. I guess this year we can consider ourselves lucky that such an offbeat film won the biggest prize at Cannes because it looks just entertaining enough to be appeal to distributors.
The Square is marketed as a satirical drama taking place in the aftermath of the abolition of the Swedish monarchy. With such a large building now seemingly sitting with no purpose, Stockholm Palace is transformed into an art museum and that is where the story of Cristian the museums curator takes place. Through it, Cristian will have his outlook on life questioned when he must deal with the fact that his cell phone was stolen. Throw a weird marketing campaign for a new installation and you’ve got the perfect mix for an existential crisis.
Just judging by the trailer it looks to have enough comedy laced in with its narrative that I could see this being a sleeper hit for the fall release window. But don’t just take my word for it, check it yourself.
The Square will receive a lmited release on October 27th of this year and stars Elizabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Danish TV and stage star Claes Bang.