Without filter: in Sweden, the director Ruben Östlund knew how to seduce the public

The Swedish director Ruben Östlund, in September, in Paris. JOEL SAGET/AFP

DECRYPTION – The director of the film Without filter, awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, has a recipe of its own. Its objective is to provoke “the debate at the exit of the rooms”.

“Once can be luck, but after twice you start to wonder…” By receiving his second Palme d’Or for Without filter , Swedish director Ruben Östlund cautiously played false modesty. His compatriots did not bother with precautions.

“It’s a new golden age for Swedish cinema”welcomed the Minister of Culture, Jeanette Gustafdotter, associating this cry of victory with the screenplay prize, awarded to the Swedish Tarik Saleh for The Cairo Conspiracyand the prize for female interpretation awarded to Zar Amir Ebrahimi in Nights of Mashhaddirected by Iranian-Swedish Ali Abbasi. “We now have an icon for children and young people who can become the next generation of filmmakers”adds Anette Novak, who heads the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm.

The icing on the cake, Scandinavian journalists even noted that the projection of Without filter was followed by an eight-minute standing ovation… Three…

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