Ruben Östlund Explores Fashion’s Triangle Of Sadness

Ruben Östlund, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes with The Square, has revealed to Variety that his next project will be Triangle of Sadness, a satire set in the fashion world shot partly in English.

Triangle of Sadness, which refers to a 15 minute Botox fix for wrinkles between the eyes, follows two models whose careers are coming to an end and looking to transition out of the industry: a male who finds his outlook diminishes as he begins balding, and a lesbian who rejects the advances of rich men.

Östlund told Variety: “In the modeling industry, people start looking for an exit at a very young age, but for men it’s harder to use their looks to secure a stable financial future. Female models, meanwhile, often have the option to marry a very rich guy, unless they’re not into men, like our female protagonist.”

Ruben Östlund won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes in 2014 for Force Majeure, and went on to become the first Swede in 66 years to win the Palme D’Or with The Square in 2017.