Play

Ruben Ostlund
Denmark
France
Sweden
118 min
2011
Play
Synopsis: 

In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of black boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 70 occasions between 2006 - 2008. The thieves used an elaborate scheme called the 'brother trick', involving advanced role-play and gang rhetoric. They did not have to resort to physical violence or threats. Play is an astute and humorous observation, based on real cases of bullying, that deliberately plays with preconceptions, and our expectations that it's all going to end badly.

Screenplay: Ruben Ostlund, Erik Hemmendorff
Cinematography: Marius Dybwad Brandrud
Editing: Ruben Östlund, Jacob Schulsinger
Music: Saunder Juurians, Danny Bensi
Cast: Anas Abdirahman, Sebastian Blyckert, Yannick Diakité, Sebastian Hegmar, Abdiaziz Hilowle, Nana Manu, John Ortiz, Kevin Vaz
Producer: Erik Hemmendorff
Production: Plattform Produktion, Sonet Film AB, Coproduction Office ApS
Backing: MEDIA Programme, Swedish Film Institute
Sales agent: The Coproduction Office