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The Square. 2017.
Directed by Ruben Östlund
Monday, January 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Square. 2017. Sweden. Directed by Ruben Östlund. 142 min.

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is The Square, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for The Square. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis” (Cannes Film Festival screening notes). Winner of the 2017 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Mikael Olsson stars in the film as an artist friend of the main character Christian (Claes Bang). In the famous dinner scene he engages in a conflict with Oleg (Terry Notary).

The screening is part of The Contenders 2017.
November 9, 2017–January 12, 2018.
Every year there are films that resonate far beyond a theatrical release—if they manage to find their way to a commercial screen at all—or film festival appearance. Their significance can be attributed to a variety of factors, from structure to subject matter to language, but these films are united in their lasting impact on the cinematic art form. For this annual series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.

Organized by the Department of Film MoMA.



JANUARY 1, 2018

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The Square. 2017.
Directed by Ruben Östlund
Monday, January 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Square. 2017. Sweden. Directed by Ruben Östlund. 142 min.

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is The Square, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for The Square. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis” (Cannes Film Festival screening notes). Winner of the 2017 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Mikael Olsson stars in the film as an artist friend of the main character Christian (Claes Bang). In the famous dinner scene he engages in a conflict with Oleg (Terry Notary).

The screening is part of The Contenders 2017.
November 9, 2017–January 12, 2018.
Every year there are films that resonate far beyond a theatrical release—if they manage to find their way to a commercial screen at all—or film festival appearance. Their significance can be attributed to a variety of factors, from structure to subject matter to language, but these films are united in their lasting impact on the cinematic art form. For this annual series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.

Organized by the Department of Film MoMA.



JANUARY 1, 2018

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