Director and screenwriter, Sweden
Ruben has become well known for his humorous and accurate portrayal of human social behaviour, as well as for his renowned use of Photoshop in his films. His feature debut The Guitar Mongoloid, won the FIPRESCI Award in Moscow in 2005. The film was then distributed in more than 20 countries and shown at numerous festivals. Two years later, he won the Golden Bear in Berlin for Incident by a Bank, a short film in which every camera movement was computer generated. The premiere of his third feature film Play was held in Cannes at the Director’s Fortnight, where he was awarded the ‘Coup de coeur’ Prize. After Cannes, Play was shown in numerous festivals including Venice and Toronto where it was awarded additional distinctions and among others, Play won the Nordic Prize. His fourth feature film, Force Majeure, premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2014, where it was awarded the Jury Prize. The film was selected in countless festivals and won 16 Best Foreign Film awards. Force Majeure was also nominated for a Golden Globe and shortlisted for an Oscar. The film has been distributed in over 70 countries. In 2017, Ruben’s fifth film, The Square, won the Palme d’Or in Cannes and was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Ruben Östlund was our Jury President in 2018 and presented our famous annual Crystal Arrow to Claire Burger for C’est ça l’amour.