The Films of Ruben Östlund: Day 2
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Special Ticket Info:Double Bill: This will admit you to both films and is valid for this night only.Single tickets are valid as admission to either film. De ofrivilliga (Involuntary) dir. Ruben ÖstlundSweden, 2008, 98 minutesSwedish, with English sub-titlesÖstlund’s award-winning and Cannes selected 2008 film Involuntary, follows a series of scenes depicting different forms of group behaviour. Inspired by personal experiences and the stories of friends, the characters in the film are varied, as well as their circumstances, translating into a number of vignettes exposing the absurdity of group dynamics. A man is injured by a fire cracker on the night of his own birthday celebration and refuses to seek medical attention; a teacher witnesses an act of abuse by her colleague on a troubled student; two young girls pose provocatively for their webcam and ask strange men to buy them alcohol; a coach driver refuses to take his passengers to their destination until someone confesses to damaging the bus; and a group of thirty year old men get together for a drunken weekend on the country-side. Each narrative creates a tension, propelled by Östlund’s long takes and cinematography, in which you don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or cringe.Preceded by INCIDENT BY A BANK (Händelse vid bank), Sweden, 2009, 12 min.Two men notice two young bumbling thieves-to-be arrive on a moped and stop to watch the events unfold. Experience the very real robbery that took place before the eyes of Östlund and his producer Erik Hemmendorff. Winner of the Berlin Golden Bear short film prize.
Gitarrmongot (The Guitar Mongoloid)dir. Ruben ÖstlundSweden, 2004, 89 minutesSwedish, with English sub-titlesThis is Ruben Östlund’s first full-length feature film, for which he was awarded the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. Its loose narrative follows an abundance of recurring characters around the fictional city of Jöteborg, allowing the city to act as a character itself. These characters, that are essentially playing themselves, are connected only through this city and their penchant for delinquency and the obscene; they are not bound by the norms of society. This ranges from mere childlike indecency and mischievousness to potentially life threatening situations. Östlund’s adherence to fixed camera perspective is effectively demonstrated in this film. Instead of following his characters around Jöteborg, he simply allows the events of the city to unfold in front of the camera.About use of the word “mongoloid" in the title “The Guitar Mongoloid”The term mongoloid is an outdated term once used by physicians to describe persons with Down syndrome. Its use remains controversial and is considered offensive to both the Down syndrome and Mongolian communities. The director of the film has acknowledged that the title – which is supposed to reflect Swedish youth slang of the last decade – is controversial to many people and that he would have chosen another title if the film was made today.Preceded by AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCENE NUMBER 6882 (Scen nr: 6882 ur mitt liv), Sweden, 2005, 9 min.Östlund invites us to examine our own compulsion and the need to prove ourselves in this short showing a group of young adult friends walking across a bridge in Sweden. The friends cajole each other about making the jump into the water below, when suddenly Martin decides to go for it. The group is halted by an elderly passerby with a grave warning.
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