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Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund

Biography

Claes Olle Ruben Östlund (born 13 April 1974 in Styrsö) is a Swedish filmmaker. His film The Square (2017) won Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the Palme d'Or in 2022 for Triangle of Sadness. Östlund was born in Styrsö, Gothenburg Municipality, Sweden. After high school, he started working in various ski resorts in the Alps during the winter seasons. There he started filming his friends ski stunts and was eventually so good that he got work on a production company. He went to study at the film school in Gothenburg, from which he graduated in 2001. He was accepted to the school based on his skiing films. Together with film producer Erik Hemmendorff he is the co-founder of the production company Plattform Produktion, which produces his films. His first four feature-length fiction films were The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008), Play (2011), and Force Majeure (2014). The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. Östlund's short film Incident by a Bank won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival and Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival in 2011. His film Force Majeure was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. Sweden then submitted Force Majeure for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. After the Academy shortlisted but did not nominate it, Östlund released a humorous video of his response to missing the nomination list. In 2016 he was a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes. In 2017, his film The Square, loosely inspired by some of his own experiences and art installation with Kalle Boman, competed at the Cannes Film Festival, where it ultimately won the prestigious Palme d'Or. Afterwards, he pursued the project Triangle of Sadness, a film about fashion models. He received in the 2020 king's medal in gold for significant efforts in Swedish film.

  • Known For: Directing
  • Birthday: 1974-04-13
  • Place of Birth: Styrsö, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Also Known As: Claes Olle Ruben Östlund, 루벤 외스틀룬드, Рубен Эстлунд