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 on Styrsö, a small island off the West Coast of Sweden. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films testifying his taste for long sequence shots. Östlund went on to study film at the University of Gothenburg where he developed his sense for constructed and well thought out sequence shots which has continued to evolve in his short and feature films until now. The director has also become known for his humorous and accurate look at human social behaviour.


 

 

 

His feature debut THE GUITAR MONGOLOID won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005, while his second feature film INVOLUNTARY premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2008. PLAY, his last feature film, was selected at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2011.

FILMOGRAPHY

2011 PLAY, Fiction, 116 min.
2010 INCIDENT BY A BANK, Fiction, 10 min.
2008 INVOLUNTARY, Fiction, 98 min.
2005 AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCENE NUMBER 6882, Fiction, 9 min.
2004 THE GUITAR MONGOLOID, Fiction, 85 min.

 

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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 on Styrsö, a small island off the West Coast of Sweden. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films testifying his taste for long sequence shots. Östlund went on to study film at the University of Gothenburg where he developed his sense for constructed and well thought out sequence shots which has continued to evolve in his short and feature films until now. The director has also become known for his humorous and accurate look at human social behaviour.


 

 

 

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Country: 
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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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