Play

Ruben Ostlund
France
Sweden
Denmark
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