Models Carl and Yaya are navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. The couple is invited for a luxury cruise with a rogues’ gallery of super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx quoting captain. At first, all appears Instagrammable. But a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner. The cruise ends catastrophically. Carl and Yaya find themselves marooned on a desert island with a group of billionaires and one of the ship’s cleaners. Hierarchy is suddenly flipped upside down, as the housekeeper is the only one who knows how to fish.
Palme d'Or, CST Artist - Technician Prize | Cannes IFF, France, 2022
CAST & CREW
Philippe Bober, Erik Hemmendorff
Director of Photography
Andreas Franck, Bent Holm
Ruben Östlund, Mikel Cee Karlsson
Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Woody Harrelson, Vicki Berlin, Henrik Dorsin, Zlatko Burić, Jean-Christophe Folly, Iris Berben, Dolly De Leon, Sunnyi Melles, Amanda Walker, Oliver Ford Davies
Ruben Östlund studied graphic design before enrolling at University of Gothenburg, where he met Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark of his work. Ruben has become well known for his humorous and accurate portrayal of human social behavior, as well as for his renowned used of Photoshop and other forms of image-processing software in his films. His feature debut The Guitar Mongoloid, won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005. His second feature, Involuntary, produced by the co-founder of Plattform Produktion, Erik Hemmendorff premiered in Cannes Un Certain Regard 2008. The film was then distributed in more than 20 countries and shown at numerous festivals, awarding Östlund international recognition. Two years later, he won the Golden Bear in Berlin for Incident by a Bank, a short film, in which every camera movement was computer generated in post-production. The premiere of his third feature film Play (2011) was held in Cannes at the Director’s Fortnight, where he was awarded the “Coup de Coeur” Prize. After Cannes, Play was shown in Venice and Toronto as well as numerous other festivals where it received additional prizes and distinctions: among others, Play won the Nordic Prize, the highest distinction in Scandinavia and was nominated for the prestigious LUX Prize of the European Parliament. His fourth feature film, Force Majeure, premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes, where it was awarded the Jury Prize. The film was selected in countless festivals and won 16 Best Foreign Film Awards. Force Majeure was also nominated at the Golden Globes and shortlisted for an Oscar. The film has been distributed in over 70 countries. Östlund was twice awarded by Palme d’Or in Cannes for The Square (2017) and Triangle of Sadness (2022).
Let the Others Deal with Love (doc., 2001), Family Again (doc., 2002), The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Autobiographical Scene Number 6882 (short, 2005), Nattbad (short, 2006), Involuntary (2008), Incident by a Bank (short, 2009), Play (2011), Force Majeure (2014), The Square (2017), Triangle of Sadness (2022).