THE SQUARE is starting this week!
Ruben Östlund’s ambitious Palme d’Or winner unfolds through a series satirical sketch-like scenes, each delving deeper into various aspects of fierce social criticism. We follow the story of gallery curator Christian whose life, seemingly stable and successful, descends into increasing chaos after falling prey to a mugging. His plan to introduce an artwork which claims to be a ‘sanctuary of trust and caring’ stand in stark contrasts to the reality of his existence. His safe, middle class life is challenged through an encounter Stockholm’s poor suburbs. He is revealed to be totally egoistic after a one night stand.
Through these careful crafted and masterly directed scenes, Östlund calls into question aspect of Christian’s, and by extension, the Swedish middle class’, ideology. He raises questions about how we achieve spaces of equal exchange and mutual respect in a world driven by greed, egoism, and where aspirational ideas become commodities? A question asked within the film, which could be the representative question of THE SQUARE is ‘How much inhumanity before we see your inhumanity’?
Speaking of art and galleries: This Friday at 6pm, we are celebrating the vernissage of artis duo Leonid Keller's exhibition MEMENTO MORI (s. cover image), which deals with images of societal revolution, idealism and anarchy that have become a part of your collective memory and reduces them to symbolic gestures. The exhibition questions the reception of a certain culture of images that describes and at the same time limits the visions and means of a society.
The exhibition runs for a whole week in our studio and on Monday (November 20), we will show Rainer Werner Fassbinders DIE DRITTE GENERATION, in which: " a group of bourgeois professionals – including a record shop owner, a history lecturer, a banker’s wife, a personal secretary and a composer – enjoy the “game” of being in a terrorist cell, with its apparatus of codes, passwords, whispers and disguises, but literally wet themselves when called to action" – Senses of Cinema.
CASTING and WESTERN are still being screened with English subtitles & we continue with GODS OWN COUNTRY & IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY
The release of Michael Glowogger’s posthumously completed film, Untitled, gives us a welcome opportunity to rediscover two of his earlier documentary features. Both MEGACITIES and WORKINGMAN'S DEATH share Untitled’s distinctly global perspective, offering portraits of geographically varied locations and their inhabitants. Glawogger’s interest in the most unrepresented lower working classes and how they exist within hostile, indifferent landscapes is evident in both of these visually astounding films. WORKINGMAN’S DEATH focuses on the extremes of labour conditions and the lengths that individuals must go to in order to live - a theme shared by MEGaCITIES which, in the film’s own words, tells “12 stories of survival” within Bombay, New York, Mexico City, and Moscow.
We're showing WORKINGMAN'S DEATH on Saturday at 3pm and MEGACITIES on Sunday at 2.10pm. Both are timed so that you can make it into a double feature with UNTITLED! And we are playing both with English subtitles.
As always, Machiko's lunch menu can be found here and you can find Wolf Gazette #2 in our café.
Come on over!
The Square (OmU):
täglich 12:20, 19:45
Die Liebhaberin (OmU):
Do - Sa, Mo - it 14:00 / täglich 22:30
täglich 16:10, 20:10
God's own Country (OmU):
Do, Sa, Mo, Mi 12:00, 22:10 / Fr, So, Di 18:00
Untitled (Glawogger) (OV):
Fr, So, Di 12:00, 22:10 / Do, Sa, Mo, Mi 18:00
In den letzten Tagen der Stadt (OmU):
Do, Fr, So, Di, Mi 15:00
Die dritte Generation (OV):
Workingman's Death (OmEU):
Baby Wolfgang präsentiert: God's Own Country (OmU):