In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund

March 26, 2015 – March 29, 2015 all-day
NW Film Center
934 Southwest Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97205

Force Majeure (Sweden)Swedish director Ruben Östlund began his career in the 1990s directing skiing films before moving on to shorts and features that have earned international acclaim over the last decade. His new film, Force Majeure (2014) won the Grand Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival and was Sweden’s 2014 submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Along with his new film, the retrospective includes Play (2011), screened at the Portland International Film festival, and Involuntary (2008), winner of the Audience Award at the Stockholm Film Festival and his first film to be submitted by Sweden for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. “In Östlund’s bracing, darkly funny movies, modern life takes shape as a series of simultaneously devastating and absurd crises, no less real for being imagined, and the civilized veneer of Western bourgeois society barely conceals all manner of foibles and prejudices. His deconstructions of ego and privilege are elegant provocations, designed to defy easy identification and, in his words, ‘make the audience take a moral stand on its own.’”—Film Society of Lincoln Center. This touring program is produced by Comeback Company, in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute and Plattform Produktion, with additional support from the Embassy of Sweden in the U.S., and the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Portland.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.