• Ruben Östlund
  • Sweden
  • 2011
  • 118'
  • Play

In 2006, in the centre of Gothenburg, a group of teenagers from African immigrant families devise a complex game of deception, manipulation and humiliation in order to steal the mobile phones of white and Asian boys. Instead of physical violence, the offenders used a good cop-bad cop strategy, playing off the stereotypes about black immigrants in order to intimidate their victims. One of Östlund’s most unsettling works, Play caused widespread controversy upon its release in Sweden and sparked a public debate about race, class and the abuse of power. Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness (Palme d’Or 2022) is also screening in this year’s Main Program.

Subtitles: EN, HR

Ruben Östlund

Born in 1974. Director, screenwriter and editor hailed as one of the most exciting contemporary filmmakers. He co-founded the production company Plattform Produktion with producer Erik Hemmendorff. Östlund’s intriguing works are an insightful and satirical social analysis of our time. Östlund’s celebrated film Force Majeure (2014) was nominated for a Golden Globe, while The Square (2017) and The Triangle of Sadness (2022) won him the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes.


Ruben Östlund
Erik Hemmendorff, Ruben Östlund
Anas Abdirahman, Sebastian Blyckert, Yannick Diakité
Marius Dybwad Brandrud
Jacob Schulsinger, Ruben Östlund
Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
Plattform Produktion, Coproduction Office, Parisienne de Production
Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival – Séance Coup de coeur; Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam; Toronto Int’l Film Festival; BFI London Film Festival