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Section 49 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Suecia / Francia / Dinamarca
Year 2011
Color / B&W Color
Running time 119 min
Original language Sueco, Árabe
Director Ruben Östlund
Screenplay Ruben Östlund
Film Editing Ruben Östlund, Jacob Schulsinger
Photography Marius Dybwad Brandrud
Music Saunder Jurriaans, Daniel Bensi
Costume Pia Aleborg
Production Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Production design Pia Aleborg
Cast Anas Abdirahman, Johan Jonason, Sebastian Blyckert, Yannick Diakite, Sebastian Hegmar, Abdiaziz Hilowle, Nana Manu, John Ortiz, Kevin Vaz
Producer Plattform Produktion
Distribution Company BADITRI
Synopsis It is afternoon, and two boys enter a shopping mall to purchase a videogame. They are intercepted by a group of black boys and adolescents who accuse them of having their mobile phone, which had been stolen from them earlier. A group that gradually hatches a psychological plot around the two friends, confusing them up to the point of holding them semi-kidnapped all day, in suspense, subjecting them to all kinds of hazes and absurd petitions. All the while, no violence is applied but, of course, in the end they will take the mobile phone from their less bright victims. A situation that Östlund imagined based on a true story that happened over seventy times in Goteborg between 2006 and 2008.
Director bio Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 on Styrsö, a small island off the West Coast of Sweden. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films testifying his taste for long sequence shots. Östlund went on to study film at the University of Gothenburg where he developed his sense for constructed and well thought out sequence shots which has continued to evolve in his short and feature films until now. The director has also become known for his humorous and accurate look at human social behaviour. His feature debut, The guitar mongoloid, won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005 and was screened at Gijón in 2009.