EYE ON MEDIA: Conflicts between Civilization and Chaos in THE SQUARE — Essay by Martha P. Nochimson

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the square posterSwedish writer/director Ruben Östlund explores the nature of art, the relationship between art and life, but most of all whether human nature is wired to fulfill the ideals of openness and inclusiveness that The Square embodies, a question that is particularly sensitive, painful, and timely as we battle the duly elected (?) fascist now in the White House. Östlund’s perspective, his provocative, off-beat, dry, very dark and enigmatically humorous approach to his story represents a rare expression of civilization in chaos. The Square played at New York Film Festival in 2017 and won the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Its most bizarre, surrealistic scenes are based on real events. Continue reading on EYE ON MEDIA.

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Martha P. Nochimson

Martha P. Nochimson’s ninth book, Television Rewired: The Rise of the Auteur Series will be published on July 15, 2019. Her earlier work includes The Passion of David Lynch: Wild at Heart in Hollywood; David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire; and Dying to Belong: Gangster Movies in Hollywood and Hong Kong. She has taught at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), and she developed and chaired a film studies program for Mercy College. Currently, she is teaching at the David Lynch Graduate Program in Cinematic Arts. She has covered the New York Film Festival for 18 years, and has also covered the Istanbul International Film Festival and the Montreal Film Festival. She is a long time member of the Columbia University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation. She writes AWFJ's EYE ON MEDIA blog.