IRREVERENT — Terry Notary, center, in a scene from “The Square.” (Magnolia Pictures via AP)

Cinema screens Oscar nominated foreign language film

Published Feb 22, 2018 at 4:00pm

Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., will present the Swedish comedy-drama “The Square” Friday through Thursday.

In “The Square,” Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, and a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.” The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

The film was entered into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the “Palme d’Or.” The movie also received six prizes, including “Best Film,” “Best Comedy, and “Best Actor,” at the European Film Awards, and is nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Foreign Language Film.”

The San Francisco Chronicle writes “It’s funny throughout… it’s full of irony and absurdity and is very smart.” The Toronto Star writes “It’s laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally just plain silly. But it asks a serious question that seems more urgent with every passing day: “How much inhumanity does it take before we access your humanity?”

The film runs 142 minutes and is rated R (for language, some strong sexual content, and brief violence). Admission is $7, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m., and Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m.