Sharmill Films to Release Ruben Östlund Cannes Winner ‘Triangle of Sadness’ in Australia

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Australian independent arthouse distributor Sharmill Films will be releasing satirical film Triangle of Sadness, winner of the Palme d’Or (Best Film) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, in Australian cinemas later in the year.

Triangle of Sadness, the latest feature from acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund (The Square, Force Majeure), tells of an ill-fated cruise that has some dark turns in store for its upper-class passengers. This is the second Palme d’Or win for Östlund, who previously took the top prize at Cannes with 2017’s The Square.

The plot follows models Carl and Yaya, a couple navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. They are invited for a luxury cruise with a rogues’ gallery of super-rich passengers, including a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers, and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx-quoting captain. At first, all appears Instagramable. But a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner. The cruise ends catastrophically. Carl and Yaya find themselves marooned on a desert island with a group of billionaires and one of the ship’s cleaners. Hierarchy is suddenly flipped upside down, as the housekeeper is the only one who knows how to fish.

The cast includes Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats, The King’s Man), Charlbi Dean (Black Lightning), and Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, True Detective).

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“We were thrilled to hear that Ruben Östlund has won the Palme d’Or for Triangle of Sadness at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and cannot wait to bring the film to our Australian audiences later this year,” said Sharmill Films Executive Director Natalie Miller AO and CEO Katharine Thornton, both of whom brokered the distribution deal with CoProduction in 2020.

“Sharmill Films has long been champions of Östlund’s work, having released both Force Majeure and The Square locally. Triangle is Östlund’s first English language title and in many ways will take his brilliance broader. Post-pandemic we’re confident that Ruben will be credited as the auteur who helped resuscitate the cinematic experience.”

Sharmill Films will be releasing Triangle of Sadness in Australian cinemas sometime later this year. No release date has been announced as yet. Overseas, Neon has secured the rights for a U.S. release and Curzon will be releasing the film across the UK.