Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 and grew up on an island on the West Coast of Sweden. He studied at the University of Gothenburg where he met Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark of his work.
Östlund’s feature debut THE GUITAR MONGOLOID (2005) won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow Film Festival.
All of Östlund’s subsequent feature films premiered at Cannes, starting with his second feature INVOLUNTARY (2008), which premiered in Un Certain Regard.
Östlund won the Golden Bear in Berlin for his short film INCIDENT BY A BANK (2010). This short film provided the opportunity for him to experiment with techniques and style. This experimentation would become apparent in his third feature PLAY (2011), which premiered at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight. It went on to win the Nordic Film Prize (the most important Scandinavian prize). His fourth feature FORCE MAJEURE (2014) premiered in Un Certain Regard and won the Jury Prize. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe and shortlisted for an Oscar.
Östlund returned to Cannes with his fifth feature THE SQUARE (2017), which was selected in Official Competition and won the Palme d’Or. It was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS is his sixth feature and premiered in competition at Cannes 2022, winning the Palme d’Or.
- 2022 Triangle of Sadness
- 2017 The Square
- 2014 Snow Therapy
- 2011 Play
- 2010 Händelse vid bank (Incident bancaire)
- 2008 Happy Sweden
- 2005 The Guitar Mongoloid