Triangle of Sadness
There's a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. If Churchill won WW2 in a heavy daze of alcohol, who knows what a few drops might do for them and their students? Initial results are positive, and the teachers' little project turns into a genuine academic study. Both their classes and their results continue to improve, and the group feels alive again! As the units are knocked back, some of the participants see further improvement and others go off the rails. It becomes increasingly clear that while alcohol may have fuelled great results in world history, some bold acts carry consequences.
Production country/ies: Sweden, Germany, France, UK
Duration: 142 min.
Directed by: Ruben Östlund
Written by: Ruben Östlund
Produced by: Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober, Peter Possne, Mikael Fellenius, Marina Perales Marhuenda, Mike Goodridge, Clemens Köstlin, Per Damgaard Hansen, Giorgos Karnavas
Cinematography: Fredrik Wenzel
Editing: Ruben Östlund, Mikel Cee Karlsson
Production Design: Josefin Åsberg
Costume Design: Sofie Krunegård
Make-Up & Hair: Stefanie Gredig
Sound: Andreas Franck, Bent Holm, Jonas Rudels, Jacob Ilgner
Visual Effects: Peter Hjorth, Vincent Larsson, Nina Strøm, Peter Toggeth Karlsson, Ludwig Källén
Animation: Elias Säll, Olle Black, Evelina Åström, Jacob Carlsson, Melissa Moss
Casting: Pauline Hansson
Cast: Harris Dickinson (Carl), Charlbi Dean (Yaya), Woody Harrelson (Captain Thomas), Dolly De Leon (Abigail), Zlatko Buric (Dimitry), Iris Berben (Therese), Vicki Berlin (Paula), Henrik Dorsin (Jorma), Jean-Christophe Folly (Nelson), Sunnyi Melles (Vera)
An uninhibited satire where roles and class are inverted and the tawdry economic value of beauty is unveiled. Models Carl and Yaya are navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. The couple are invited for a luxury cruise with a rogues’ gallery of super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx-quoting captain. At first, all appears Instagrammable. But a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner. The cruise ends catastrophically. Carl and Yaya find themselves marooned on a desert island with a group of billionaires and one of the ship’s cleaners. Hierarchy is suddenly flipped upside down, as the housekeeper is the only one who knows how to fish.
About the director
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. At the European Film Awards 2017 THE SQUARE received six European Film Awards including "European Director, Actor and Film.
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS is his sixth feature and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2022.
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS 2022 Feature
THE SQUARE 2017 Feature
FORCE MAJEURE 2014 Feature
PLAY 2011 Feature
INCIDENT BY A BANK 2010 Short
INVOLUNTARY 2008 Feature
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCENE NUMBER 6882 2005 Short
THE GUITAR MONGOLOID 2004 Feature