Magnolia Pictures has snagged the U.S. distribution rights for “The Square,” from “Force Majeure” writer and director Ruben Ostlund.
The film, which stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Claes Bang, is about a museum manager whose plans to promote an art exhibit focused on altruism spirals out of control and sparks a public uproar. Moss plays a journalist reporting on the exhibit.
“The Square” is Ostlund’s followup to 2014’s “Force Majeure,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe. That film follows the marital tension of a Swedish couple trapped in an avalanche when their ski trip goes awry. Magnolia was also the U.S. distributor for “Force Majeure.”
Moss is best known for her roles on long-running TV shows “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.” Her next film role is in the drama “The Free World,” which hits theaters Sept. 23.
Erik Hemmendorff’s Plattform Produktion is producing the movie with Philippe Bober’s Parisienne de Production, Danish production company Coproduction Office, and Germany’s Essential Filmproduktion in co-production with Imperative Entertainment. Executive producers are Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Senior Vice President of acquisitions John Von Thaden and Executive Vice President Dori Begley with Philippe Bober of the Coproduction Office.
“The Square” is currently in production and slated for a 2017 release.