Involuntary

by Ruben Östlund

Sweden, 2008, 98', colour



It's almost summer in Sweden and minor indiscretions and misbehaviour abound. Leffe likes to show off for his friends and play salacious pranks, especially when he is drinking. Meanwhile, a righteous grade-school teacher does not know where to draw the line: she insists her fellow educators need a bit of instruction. Then there are two young teenage girls who like to pose for sexy photos and to party, but one night in a park, a complete stranger finds one of the girls passed out drunk. A humorous look at lessons to learn, lectures to give and lines not to cross.

Reviews

"Human folly in its rich variety has a brisk, chilly airing in INVOLUNTARY, an inventive ensemble piece (…)"
Jonathan Romney, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Perfs are impressively naturalistic and spontaneous (...) Östlund has a knack for comedy. (...) Offbeat lensing style and quirky humor."
Leslie Felperin, VARIETY

"one of Swedish cinema's great white hopes of 2008"
Michael Koresky, REVERSE SHOT

"(...) an excellent cinema moment"
Didier Stiers, LE SOIR

"Excellent  INVOLUNTARY (...) an enlightening yet perturbing film"
LA LIBRE BELGIQUE

"Although the situations are evolving, the stories are often cut short when unease starts to build, or to build a sense of frustration
for the viewer. (...) awkward, often amusing angles."
Annika Pham, CINEUROPA

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Ruben Östlund


Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 in Styrsö, a small island on the West Coast of Sweden. He studied graphic design before enrolling at the University of Gothenburg, where he met Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark of his work.

 

 

 

 

Ruben has become well known for his humorous and accurate portrayal of human social behaviour, as well as for his renowned used of Photoshop and other forms of image-processing software in his films. His feature debut THE GUITAR MONGOLOID, produced by the co-founder of Plattform Produktion, Erik Hemmendorff, won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005. The film was then distributed in more than 20 countries and shown at numerous festivals, awarding Ruben international recognition. Two years later, he won the Golden Bear in Berlin for INCIDENT BY A BANK, a short film in which every camera movement was computer generated in post-production. The premiere of his third feature film PLAY (2011) was held in Cannes at the Director’s Fortnight, where he was awarded the´Coup de coeur´ Prize. 

After Cannes, PLAY was shown in Venice and Toronto as well as numerous other festivals where it received additional prizes and distinctions: among others, PLAY was nominated for the prestigious LUX prize of the European Parliamant and won the Nordic Prize, the highest distinction in Scandinavia. His fourth feature film, FORCE MAJEURE, premiered at Un Certain Regard  in Cannes, where it was awarded the Jury Prize. The film was selected in countless festivals and won 16 Best Foreign film awards. FORCE MAJEURE was also was nominated at the Golden Globe and shortlisted for an Oscar®. The film has been distributed in over 70 countries.

THE SQUARE is the fourth of Östlund’s films to premiere in Cannes and his first feature to be selected to compete for the Palme d´Or.

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Cast

Maria Lundqvist - Maria
Leif Edlund - Leif
Olle Lijas - Olle
Vera Vitali - Vera
Henrik Vikman - Henrik
Cecilia Milocco - Cecilia
Villmar Björkman - Villmar
Lola Ewerlund - Lola

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Ruben Östlund
Script: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff
Country of Production: Sweden
Year Completed: 2008
Producer: Erik Hemmendorf, Philippe Bober
Production Company: Plattform Produktion
Director of Photography: Marius Dybwad Brandrud
Editing: Ruben Östlund
Art Direction: Pia Aleborg, Hanne Palmquist
Sound Design: Jan Alvermark
Soundmix: Owe Svensson/Studio 24
 

 

Technical Info

Category: First Feature Film
Original Language: Swedish
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:1:85
Speed: 
25 fps
Sound: 
Dolby 5.1
Number of Reels: 
6

 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Mar del Plata 2008, Special Jury Award & Best Film
Stockholm 2008, Audience Award & Best Screenplay
Geneva 2008, Best Director
Palm Springs 2010, FIPRESCI Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2008, Competition
Helsinki 2008, Competition
Warsaw 2008, Competition
Oscar Nomination Bid 2009

Pressbook

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Year: 
2008
Duration: 
98'

Ruben Östlund


Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 in Styrsö, a small island on the West Coast of Sweden. He studied graphic design before enrolling at the University of Gothenburg, where he met Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark of his work.

 

 

 

 

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Country: 
Sweden Sweden



It's almost summer in Sweden and minor indiscretions and misbehaviour abound. Leffe likes to show off for his friends and play salacious pranks, especially when he is drinking. Meanwhile, a righteous grade-school teacher does not know where to draw the line: she insists her fellow educators need a bit of instruction. Then there are two young teenage girls who like to pose for sexy photos and to party, but one night in a park, a complete stranger finds one of the girls passed out drunk. A humorous look at lessons to learn, lectures to give and lines not to cross.

Reviews: 

"Human folly in its rich variety has a brisk, chilly airing in INVOLUNTARY, an inventive ensemble piece (…)"Jonathan Romney, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL"Perfs are impressively naturalistic and spontaneous (...) Östlund has a knack for comedy. (...) Offbeat lensing style and quirky humor."Leslie Felperin, VARIETY"one of Swedish cinema's great white hopes of 2008"Michael Koresky, REVERSE SHOT"(...) an excellent cinema moment"Didier Stiers, LE SOIR

"Excellent  INVOLUNTARY (...) an enlightening yet perturbing film"
LA LIBRE BELGIQUE

"Although the situations are evolving, the stories are often cut short when unease starts to build, or to build a sense of frustration
for the viewer. (...) awkward, often amusing angles."
Annika Pham, CINEUROPA

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



It’s almost summer in Sweden and minor indiscretions and misbehaviour abound. Leffe likes to show off for his friends and play salacious pranks, especially when he is drinking. Meanwhile, a righteous grade-school teacher does not know where to draw the line: she insists her fellow educators need a bit of instruction. Then there are two young teenage girls who like to pose for sexy photos and to party, but one night in a park, a complete stranger finds one of the girls passed out drunk. A humorous look at lessons to learn, lectures to give and lines not to cross.

Cast details: 

Maria Lundqvist - Maria
Leif Edlund - Leif
Olle Lijas - Olle
Vera Vitali - Vera
Henrik Vikman - Henrik
Cecilia Milocco - Cecilia
Villmar Björkman - Villmar
Lola Ewerlund - Lola

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Ruben Östlund
Script: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff
Country of Production: Sweden
Year Completed: 2008
Producer: Erik Hemmendorf, Philippe Bober
Production Company: Plattform Produktion
Director of Photography: Marius Dybwad Brandrud
Editing: Ruben Östlund
Art Direction: Pia Aleborg, Hanne Palmquist
Sound Design: Jan Alvermark
Soundmix: Owe Svensson/Studio 24
 

 Technical InfoCategory: First Feature FilmOriginal Language: SwedishFormat: 35mmScreen Ratio: 1:1:85Speed: 25 fpsSound: Dolby 5.1Number of Reels: 

Pressbook: 

Download pressbook

Download pictures :


 

 

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2008, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Mar del Plata 2008, Special Jury Award & Best Film
Stockholm 2008, Audience Award & Best Screenplay
Geneva 2008, Best Director
Palm Springs 2010, FIPRESCI Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2008, Competition
Helsinki 2008, Competition
Warsaw 2008, Competition
Oscar Nomination Bid 2009

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