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The satirical drama is set in the modern-art world. Claes Bang plays a museum curator who struggles to uphold the liberal humanitarian ideals he preaches at work in his daily life. Elisabeth Moss plays an American art journalist. Dominic West has a short cameo as an enigmatic artist.
Ostlund has been here before. His dramedy Force Majeure was Sweden’s official Oscar contender in 2015 but was not nominated in the best foreign-language category. Ostlund’s moment of disappointment was captured on YouTube.
“I hope it will be less painful this time,” Ostlund joked.
Sweden is a regular at the Oscars. The Nordic nation has been nominated for a foreign-language Academy Award 15 times in the past but all three of its Oscar wins have come from director Ingmar Bergman, who won in 1960 for The Virgin Spring, in 1961 for Through a Glass Darkly and for Fanny and Alexander in 1983.
Magnolia Pictures will bow The Square in the U.S. on Oct. 27.
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Sterling K. Brown