Here are the Swedes competing for the Palme d’Or at Cannes

The Palme d’Or is one of the most prestigious film awards in the world and this year Ruben Östlund is in competition with the film “Triangle of sadness”, Tarik Saleh with “Boy from Heaven” and Ali Abbasi with the film “Holy Spider”.

Ruben Östlund and “Triangle of Sadness”

For the second time, Ruben Östlund has his chance at the prestigious Palme d’Or in Cannes. In 2017, he won with the film “The square”, which was the first time in 25 years that a Swedish production won the prize.

With his new film, the contemporary satire “Triangle of Sadness”, he depicts what happens when a group of people on a luxury yacht run aground on a desert island. Woody Harrelson and Henrik Dorsin are household names in the roles.

Tarik Saleh and “Boy of Paradise”

Tarik Saleh is the graffiti artist and animator turned director. In 2016, he broke through with the international and was awarded with a gold beetle “The Nile Hilton Incident”. The film was based on the true story of the murder of the Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim 2008, and took place in a Cairo in maturity.

With the new film “Boy from Heaven”, Saleh returns to Cairo. This time at one of the world’s largest and oldest universities, Al-Azhar, where a poor boy receives a scholarship and is drawn into a power struggle with the religious and political elite.

Ali Abbasi and “Holy Spider”

Swedish-Iranian Ali Abbasi is a Copenhagen-trained filmmaker who broke through with the film Border, based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s horror story. The film won Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Film award at the 2019 Guldbagge Gala.

This year, it is in competition with the Danish film “Holy spider” which tells the story of a journalist who pursues a serial killer, after several murders of prostituted women in the holy city of Mashhad.

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