When The Square debuted at Cannes, some lauded it as a satirical masterpiece, while others felt the movie was a heavy-handed mess. However, the movie went on to win the Palm d’Or, a controversial decision as many felt it should have gone to Robin Campillo’s French AIDS-crisis movie, 120 Beats Per Minute.
While the decision surprised many, the overall reaction has been largely positive. Now the trailer for the film has been released ahead of its October US release (with a UK date set for March 2018).
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.’