Directed by Ruben Östlund, Involuntary interweaves five stories about group behaviour: an injured host doesn't want to spoil the party; a coach driver refuses to drive his damaged vehicle; two teenage girls pose for sexy photos; a man is afraid to seem gay to his friends; a teacher feels excluded by her colleagues. The Swedish filmmaker smartly reflects on group mentality and normative social influence, reminding us that human beings are, after all, just herd animals.

  • Sweden
  • 2008, 98MIN, Fiction
  • DIRECTOR: Ruben Östlund
  • CAMERA: Marius Dybwad Brandrud
  • EDITOR: Ruben Östlund
  • SCRIPT: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff
  • SOUND: Jan Alvemark
  • ACTORS: Villmar Björkman, Lola Ewerlund, Mia Ericsson, Hanna Lekander Simeon Henry Nordius, Maricel Amance

21.09. - 20:30 Svetozor - Small Hall

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund, švédský director and writer, in 1990 started his film career as a director of skiing videos, then he moved towards documentary genre. Together with film producer Erik Hemmendorff he is the co-founder of the production company Plattform Produktion. His films include The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Incident by a Bank (2009), Play (2011), and Turist (Force Majeure, 2014) among others. He is a holder of prestigious awards from Berlin, Tampere, or Cannes.


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