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Ruben Östlund set to shoot Triangle of Sadness

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- The Swedish director moves from the world of art to the fashion milieu in his follow-up to The Square, which will star Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean and Woody Harrelson

Ruben Östlund set to shoot Triangle of Sadness
Director Ruben Östlund and actors Harris Dickinson and Woody Harrelson

UPDATE (5 February 2020): The international cast of Ruben Östlund’s new film Triangle of Sadness has been announced. The international ensemble is led by rising stars Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean together with three-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, and also includes Henrik Dorsin, Zlatko Buric, Iris Berben, Sunnyi Melles, Dolly De Leon, Vicki Berlin and Oliver Ford Davies. The film is an epic satire set against the world of fashion and the uber-rich. Production will start on 19 February in Gotheburg and Trollhättan in Sweden, followed by shootings on a yacht on the Adriatic Sea and in Greece. The movie is being produced by Erik Hemmendorff for Plattform Produktion and Philippe Bober for Coproduction Office, in co-production with Film i Väst, Essential Films, SVT, BBC Films, Arte France Cinéma and ZDF/Arte, in collaboration with Heretic, Bord Cadre Films, Sovereign Films and Piano Films, and with support from the Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, Eurimages, the BFI (awarding National Lottery funding), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The film is expected to premiere in 2021, and SF Studios will handle the Nordic distribution.

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“Triangle of sadness” refers to a term that plastic surgeons use for a 15-minute Botox fix for wrinkles between the eyes. It is also the title of the next feature by Swedish director Ruben Östlund, whose The Square [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2017.

According to Swedish news agency TT, his new film is a satirical drama set in the fashion world and revolves around its fixation on looks. “The main character is a male model who is going bald. It is too early to say whether it will be in Swedish or English, but the world of fashion is international, so it will be easy to speak English,” Östlund explained.

Cinema Scandinavia magazine also explains that in Östlund’s original screenplay, the balding male model is joined by a female colleague, a lesbian who spurns the lavish offers of countless rich men, and they are both searching for a smooth exit from the fashion world in the film, which is mainly set in luxurious yacht hotels and other international locations.

Triangle of Sadness will be produced by Östlund’s partner Erik Hemmendorff for their Stockholm-based Plattform Produktion, which has also staged his four previous features, including Force Majeure [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
(2014), which won 31 international prizes and was nominated for a Golden Globe. France’s Philippe Bober and his Coproduction Office will co-produce and handle the international sales.

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