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Elisabeth Moss’ Drama ‘The Square’ Bought by Magnolia

Magnolia Pictures has bought the U.S. rights to Ruben Ostlund’s art world drama “The Square,” starring  Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Claes Bang.

The Square,” currently in production, follows a museum manager in charge of an exhibition space that houses a new installation providing people with a symbolic space where only good things can happen. The movie’s protagonist is the manager of the museum who hires a ruthless PR firm to build some buzz around the installation, but the publicity evokes a public uproar.

Moss plays a reporter covering the exhibition and Bang plays the museum director. Ostlund directed from his own script.

Magnolia handled Ostlund’s previous film, “Force Majeure,” in the U.S. The comedy-drama won the jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

“Ruben has written a wild and truly inventive script with ‘The Square,”’ said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “When we read it, we leapt at the opportunity to work with him again.”

Hemmendorff’s Plattform Produktion is producing with Philippe Bober’s Parisienne de Production, Denmark’s Coproduction Office, and Germany’s Essential Filmproduktion, in co-production with Imperative Entertainment. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will executive produce.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s John Von Thaden and Dori Begley with Bober of the Coproduction Office.

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