RUBEN OSTLUND IN PERSON: Play (1/10)

Filmmaker Ruben Östlund in person! ” ‘I want to make the audience active and reflective,’ Östlund has stated. He does just that with this controversial record, inspired by actual court cases, of five black teenagers harassing white and Asian youths through scams and role-playing. All violence is implied, but the graver implication (which inflamed critics on the home front) is that political correctness debilitates society, as “good people” stand by and do nothing for fear of being thought racist. Östlund, who won a Swedish Oscar for Best Director and a “Coup de coeur” prize at Cannes [for Play], imprisons his actors within a frame, not unlike our social mores freezing us in place. Unabashedly impolite, Play offers food for thought and fuel for fury.” (Film Society of Lincoln Center)
Dir. Ruben Östlund, 2011, DCP, 118 min.

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