The Square (15)

A still from Ruben Ostlund's The Square

Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning surreal art-world satire sees a respected and refined curator fall apart in his quest for revenge.

Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. Wanting his gallery to make a splash, he arrives at the idea of ‘The Square’, an installation inviting passersby into a space where they are encouraged to behave responsibly. But before this can happen Christian has his own sense of civic duty tested when his phone is stolen.

With superb support from Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, Ruben Östlund has created an audacious and outrageously provocative film, while honing his eye for the subtlety and contradictions of human behaviour from his earlier work (Force Majeure). 

Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark 2017 Dir Ruben Östlund 142 min

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings

Discover

Play button icon
Photo of Barbican Cinema red seats

Podcast: Cinema

Subscribe to our fortnightly podcast for interviews and discussion about our film programme, from the iconic to the independent, art-house to the award-winning - plus our incredible archive of ScreenTalks.

Available on iTunes, Spotify and Acast

Can the arts change the world?

Our 2018 season The Art of Change explores how artists respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

Barbican Cinema 1 & 2