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Goteborg: first footage revealed from 'Borg/McEnroe', Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'

6 February 2017 5:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Projects participated in the Nordic festival’s works in progress event.

Ruben Ostlund got buyers and festival programmers hopping with excitement in Goteborg as he presented the first footage from his forthcoming fifth feature The Square during the festival’s work in progress pitches.

Ostlund screened about seven minutes from one scene of the new film, during which a controversial performance artist (played by Terry Notary) makes guests at a black-tie art gala very uncomfortable. “You know I love awkward situations,” the director said.

Goteborg’s audience of industry experts commented that they were impressed by the confidence of the unnerving scene, which showed Ostlund working on a bigger scale even than his last hit, Force Majeure.

At a festival session later for the public, Ostlund previewed a second clip from the film, in which a museum director (Claes Bang) delivers a self-centered video apology to a boy he had accused of being a thief.

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- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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‘Borg/McEnroe,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘Darling’ Set For Goteborg’s Industry Days

26 January 2017 1:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo”)’s “Borg vs McEnroe” with Shia Labeouf, and Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” with Elisabeth Moss are among the most anticipated Scandinavian work-in-progress titles set for the Nordic Film Market hosted during Goteborg Film Festival’s industry days.

Both films are part of the 18 work-in-progress features selected by Cia Edström, Goteborg’s head of industry, and her team.

“Borg vs McEnroe” stars up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) as Swedish player Bjorn Borg and Labeouf as John McEnroe. The film chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing, while Svensk handles international sales.

The Square,” meanwhile, is a satirical film turning on the creative director of a museum who is desperate to build some buzz around an upcoming exhibition and decides to hire a PR agency which has no boundaries. The film is produced by Plattform Produktion. »

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'Borg vs McEnroe', 'Unknown Soldier', 'The Square' set for Goteborg works in progress

26 January 2017 6:08 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A total of 18 work in progress projects will participate in this year’s Nordic Film Market.Scroll down for full line up

The works in progress titles set to take part in this year’s Nordic Film Market (Feb 2-5) at the Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 27 – Feb 6) have been revealed.

Among them is Borg vs McEnroe, Jans Metz’s tennis biopic starring Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe and rising Swedish talent Sverrir Gudnason as his rival Bjorn Borg.

Sf International is handling international sales and has already tied up multiple deals including Curzon Artificial Eye for the UK and Nordisk Film for Scandinavia.

Also featuring as a work in progress is The Square, the latest feature from director Ruben Östlund, whose credits include Bafta-nominated avalanche comedy-drama Force Majeure.

The Swedish filmmaker’s English-language debut stars Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West in the story of an artist who installs an unusual exhibition in a public square. The Coproduction »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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