Magazine article Screen International

Goteborg: First Footage Revealed from 'Borg/McEnroe', Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'

Magazine article Screen International

Goteborg: First Footage Revealed from 'Borg/McEnroe', Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'

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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.

Another high-profile title that unveiled first footage in Goteborg was Janus Metz's Borg/McEnroe.

The team presented a clip showing McEnroe (played by Shia LaBeouf) out at a nightclub drinking champagne, with the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant" playing in the background, while imagining Borg's meticulous pre-match rituals and superstitions. Another clip showed McEnroe on court - with LaBeouf demonstrating eerily similar mannerisms and facial expressions to McEnroe - having a tantrum about pigeons.

The other titles that sellers, buyers and festival programmers said they were especially intrigued by were Danish low-budget thriller The Guilty, Danish relationship story A Horrible Woman, Swedish social drama The Real Estate, Icelandic drama The Swan, and Finnish sisters' story Miami (full info on each title below).


A Horrible Woman (Den), wr/dir Christian Tafdrup; prods Marta Mleczek, Thomas Heinesen

Danish director Tafdrup's second feature, after Parents, is the story of a woman's destructive dominance in a relationship, as seen from her boyfriend's point of view. "It's a tragedy but not without humour," the director said. "It's a story about all the horrible things I think women can do to men in a relationship and it's partly inspired by my ex-girlfriends and by a lot of men I spoke to... This film is about everyday life terrorism, it's not that I hate women or anything, it's that I've spent 25 years of my life trying to figure out how to deal with them." The film will be delivered by early summer.

Sales: LevelK,

All In (Den), dir Christian Dyekjaer, prod Maja Dyekjaer

The Danish director's third feature is about a gambler and car salesman (Dejan Cukic) who reconnects with his estranged son, who racks up gambling debts of his own. Dyekjaer said, "It's character-driven drama but also a portrait of this man. I wanted to make an unglorified picture of the life of a gambler. I chose to do this film in a different way, with only four or five people on the set, and I used a DoP (Henrik Bohn Ipsen) who normally works with documentaries, so it's shot very much with real people in real situations." To be delivered in late spring with the Danish release set in November.

No sales company attached yet; contact

Becker - The King of Tingsryd (Swe), dir Martin Larsson, prod Erik Magnusson

A self-made man's feeling that he's the king of his small town changes one day. Swedish director Larsson makes his feature debut on this Anagram production after working in TV and directing several shorts. Larsson said, "I wanted to tell a story with warm humour and some kind of realism in it. I wanted a strong main character." The film will premiere in early autumn.

No sales company attached yet; contact

Borg/McEnroe (Swe), dir Janus Metz, prods Jon Nohrstredt and Fredik Wikstrom Nicastro

This hotly anticipated sports rivalry drama stars Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg, Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe, and Stellan Skarsgård as Borg's coach. …

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