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52nd edition


Fortnight 2011, Feature film, 2h04


Play is an astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008.The thieves used an elaborate scheme called the ‘little brother number’ or ‘brother trick’, involving advanced role-play and gang rhetoric rather than physical violence.


Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 on Styrsö. He went on to study film at the University of Gothenburg. His feature debut The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005. Involuntary followed in 2008 making its premiere in Cannes’ Official Selection. His third feature film Play, pursues his exploration of group dynamics and their effect on individual behavior.

Abdiaziz Hilowle
Anas Abdirahman
John Ortiz
Kevin Vaz
Nana Manu
Sebastian Blyckert
Sebastian Hegmar
Yannick Diakité

Ruben Östlund

Marius Dybward Brandrud

Jan Alvermark

Ruben Östlund, Jacob Schulsinger

Saunder Juurians, Danny Bensi

Set decoration
Pia Aleborg


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