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Director Ruben Östlund on Oscar Nominations for ‘Triangle of Unhappiness’ – Deadline

The awards carry on coming for Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund. The 2-time winner of the distinguished Palme d’Or on the Cannes Movie Competition simply spent Monday night time celebrating a six-trophy sweep at Sweden’s esteemed Guldbagge awards that included a win for Greatest Director and Greatest Movie.

Now, on Tuesday morning talking with Deadline, Östlund is elated as he celebrates three Oscar nominations in Greatest Director, Greatest Unique Screenplay and Greatest Director for his darkish comedy Triangle of Unhappiness.

The movie follows Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), a celeb mannequin couple who’re invited on a luxurious cruise for the super-rich and well-known by an unhinged boat captain (Woody Harrelson). After the boat capsizes, the glamorous shipwrecked crew should study to outlive the cruel realities of being stranded on a desert island.

Right here, Östlund discusses his Oscar nominations, the significance of equality and recognition in movie, and his upcoming venture.

DEADLINE: The place have been you once you heard the nominations? And what was the vibe of the room?

RUBEN OSTLUND: It is incredible. It is nearly 5 pm, and the nominations have been at half previous two. we had a beer [to celebrate] as a result of the factor is, the Swedish Awards [The Guldbagges] Had been yesterday, and we obtained six prizes. So, as we speak, we have been sitting right here actually nervous and did not actually anticipate something. You recognize, at the back of my thoughts, it is all the time that YouTube clip with the Swedish director who freaks out when he misses a nomination for drive majeure… however this time, it was the exact opposite of that YouTube clip. We have been at a restaurant known as The Frog [Grodan] in Stockholm, and I used to be with my colleagues, pals, and individuals who have labored on the movie. So all people shared this second collectively. After we obtained nominated, we have been a bit shocked really. It was like we have been tremendous completely happy for the script after which, like, they introduced Greatest Director after which Greatest Image. We have been like, ‘Oh shit.’ We didn’t anticipate this; we have been actually completely happy. [laughs].

DEADLINE: Together with your movie being about race, social class and elite standing, and now having been nominated with one other top-prize award, do you contemplate it a bit ironic?

OSTLUND: No. For me, the good factor with these awards is that they offer consideration to the movie’s content material. And I imply, getting a nomination additionally exhibits persons are considering this sort of movie and have an interest within the problematic conditions that we’re coping with. I feel one factor that’s particular to human beings is that we’re very considering equality, and I am completely happy that we get consideration for that.

DEADLINE: Contemplating your movie is outlandish—in one of the simplest ways—are you continue to stunned on the reception of the movie? What do you assume persons are responding to?

OSTLUND: I feel one factor is that the movie works very well within the cinema with a big crowd. So it turns into an occasion to go to the cinema to observe the movie. And I’ve been so completely happy after I’ve been watching the movie with the group as a result of one of many objectives that I had was that we needed needed to create a wild rollercoaster journey for adults. And it appears like that once you go see the movie. for instance [the food poisoning scene]one of many objectives was that if [the audience] sees vomit, they’ll anticipate a sure form of consequence. However my concept after I did that scene was that I’ve to go 10 steps additional than the viewers would anticipate me to, as a result of then you definitely’re additionally creating one thing that isn’t fully protected, and a sure form of pressure comes with that.

DEADLINE: It is a threat that you’ve got paid off with three nominations. What does this newfound relationship with the Oscars imply to you now shifting ahead?

OSTLUND: On the finish of the day, the sensation that you’ve got in the case of Oscars is that it is one of many prizes on this planet that provides you loads of consideration. In order quickly as this occurs, your cellphone goes fully loopy and also you’re getting messages and so forth. So you possibly can really feel the form of status and model in the case of the Oscars. So it is wonderful to be part of that, after all.

DEADLINE: What’s subsequent for you?

OSTLUND: I am making a movie that is named, The Leisure System is Down. It takes place on a long-haul flight that’s about 15 hours, and fairly quickly after the takeoff, the passengers get the horrible information that the leisure system just isn’t working, so that they need to spend 15 hours with none digital distraction whereas their iPhones and iPads aren’t charging up. So, it will be a horror film for contemporary human beings which are addicts, particularly in the case of scrolling.

DEADLINE: Feels like one other awards dialog within the making. What’s it about these social satire movies that resonate with you?

OSTLUND: It is a option to be provocative and lift questions, the place the viewers has to just accept a problem. It is an effective way to speak about society and historical past. You’ll be able to all the time see the political message ultimately within the core of our society, so it [making these films] It is an effective way of doing one thing entertaining however, on the identical time, actually actually critical.

The ninety fifth Academy Awards are set to happen on the Dolby Theater on March 12.

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