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 is a film and media critic whose sixth book, David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty From Lost Highway to Inland Empire, was published in March 2013 by University of Texas Press. She is the author of AWFJ's EYE ON MEDIA blog. She taught at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York and at New York University for a total of twenty-six years, and worked as an Associate Editor for Cineaste for six years. She also wrote for ABC-TV, NBC-TV, and CBS-TV soap operas between 1984 and 1990 and is a lifetime member of The Writer's Guild of America, East. She is a frequent contributor to Film Quarterly, and has covered the New York Film Festival for twelve years. She is currently editing The Companion to Wong Kar-wai for Wiley-Blackwell.