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Force Majeure
Blackly funny, yet lightly brutalizing, this Swedish film observes a married couple for whom a passing threat turns into an existential crisis.
Film Review  November 7, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Ruben Östlund. Starring: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius and Brady Corbet...."

The Square
A scathing and uncomfortable satire of the art world
Film Review  November 10, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...Directed by: Ruben Östlund. Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Christopher Læssø and Terry Notary...."

Humans Being Human
Bad behavior in Ruben Östlund's observational kinda-comedies
Screens Story  January 22, 2015, by Kimberley Jones

Skidoos and Skidonts
Filmmaker Ruben Östlund exposes male and female social roles in Force Majeure
Screens Story  November 6, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fantastic Fest First Wave Hits Hard
Stephen King adaptations, Arabic cinema, and Three Billboards
DAILY Screens  August 8, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"... Yorgos Lanthimos, whose English-language debut The Lobster opened the fest two years ago, returns with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Meanwhile fellow FF 2015 alum Ruben Östlund brings his Palme d'Or winner The Square...."

Fantastic Fest 2014: Force Majeure
Perversely funny Swedish film asks: Are you man enough?
DAILY Screens  September 19, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Writer/director Ruben Östlund is aces with both the human scale and the biblically awesome, making great use of the mountains’ vast, blank snowbanks and vertiginous drops. All is menace..."

SXSW 09 Film Lineup Announced
What's all the ruckus? Why, it's the SXSW Film lineup!
DAILY Screens  February 1, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary) Director: Ruben Östlund. Writer: Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund A tragic comedy or comic tragedy about group pressure on the individual..."

Fantastic Fest Review: Thelma
Grappling with faith, sexuality, and powers in Norway
DAILY Screens  September 22, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...For every moment of Thelma's self-actualization, there's a shadow hanging over her, placing this into a classic science-fiction lineage that only becomes clear in its final moments. Not since the closing sequence of fellow Scandinavian Ruben Östlund's Fantastic Fest breakout, 2014's Force Majeure, has a film so deliberately re-framed its own message...."

Austin Film Critics Name Boyhood Best of Year
AFCA celebrates locally made Linklater film with four awards
DAILY Screens  December 17, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Best Film: Boyhood (Richard Linklater) Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Best Original Screenplay: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler Best Adapted Screenplay: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman Best Score: Antonio Sanchez, Birdman Best Foreign Language Film: Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund) Best Documentary: Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller) Best First Film: Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy) Breakthrough Artist: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook Best Austin Film: Boyhood (Richard Linklater) Special Honorary Award: Gary Poulter, for his outstanding performance in Joe..."

Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced
Boyhood, Kumiko earn multiple nods
DAILY Screens  November 25, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director.) Force Majeure (Sweden)
Director: Ruben Östlund Ida (Poland)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Leviathan (Russia)
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev Mommy (Canada)
Director: Xavier Dolan Norte, the End of History (Philippines)
Director: Lav Diaz Under the Skin (United Kingdom)
Director: Jonathan Glazer..."

Japanese Madness Overtakes Fantastic Fest
Miike, Sono, and Studio Ghibli all added to lineup
DAILY Screens  August 27, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Force Majure (Turist) D: Ruben Östlund, Sweden, 2014, 118 min. US Premiere An upper middle-class family’s fragile existence is torn apart when a near tragedy occurs during a ski vacation and the two parents are forced confront the reality of each other’s reactions...."

William Goss' Top 10 List
Screens Story  December 31, 2014, by William Goss

Kimberley Jones' Top 10 List
Screens Story  December 31, 2014, by Kimberley Jones

Josh Kupecki's Top 10 List
Screens Story  December 31, 2014, by Josh Kupecki

Danielle White’s Top 10 Films of 2017
Screens Story  December 28, 2017, by Danielle White

What’cha Watchin’?
Staff writer Richard Whittaker revisits favorite Fantastic Fest films now streaming
Screens Column  September 21, 2017

Steve Davis' Top 10 List
Screens Story  December 31, 2014, by Steve Davis

Austin Film Critics Pick Boyhood
AFCA showers Linklater favorite with four awards
Screens Story  December 18, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten

Austin Shorts at Sundance
David Lowery and the Zellner Bros. to do the 'Dance
DAILY Screens  December 6, 2010, by Kimberley Jones

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