Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund to headline Jerusalem film fest

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund, the major winner at last year’s Cannes film festival for his latest film, “Triangle Of Sadness,” will headline the upcoming Jerusalem Film Festival. where his film will open the event on July 21 at the Sultan’s Pool outdoor venue.

A retrospective of Östlund’s work will be shown through the festival.

Östlund, a lifelong skier, began his path by filming skiing movies, and later became known for long, complicated shots and unusual humor.

This latest film, starring Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean, explores shifts in social hierarchies after a yacht sinks, leaving a celebrity couple (Dickinson and Dean) marooned on a desert island with a group of billionaires and a ship worker who has the skills that can help them survive.

Like other Östlund creations, it explores the dark sides of society, the world’s inequalities and what really matters when struggling for survival on a desert island.

Östlund’s other films being screened at the 39th Jerusalem Film Festival include “The Square,” (2017), also a Palmes d’Or winner, along with “Force Majeure” (2014), “Play” (2011), “Involuntary” (2008), “Autobiographical Scene No. 6882” (2005) and “The Guitar Mongoloid” (2004).

“Triangle of Sadness” will also be screened in Lev theaters nationwide, following the premiere screening at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

More than 200 films, from 50 countries, will be shown throughout the 10 days of the festival, July 21 through July 31, with dozens of premieres of Israeli films.

More information about the films being shown in the festival and ticket orders is available on the Jerusalem Cinematheque website.

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