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by Ruben Östlund


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.

international title: Play
original title: Play
country: Sweden, France, Denmark
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Ruben Östlund
film run: 118'
release date: SE 14/10/2011, NO 27/01/2012, BE 18/04/2012, NL 03/05/2012, PL 05/10/2012, DE 24/01/2013, UK 12/07/2013
screenplay: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff
cast: Anas Abdirahman, Sebastian Blyckert, Yannick Diakité, Sebastian Hegmar, Abdiaziz Hilowle, Nana Manu, John Ortiz, Kevin Vaz
cinematography by: Marius Dybwad Brandrud
film editing: Ruben Östlund, Jacob Schulsinger
music: Saunder Juurians, Danny Bensi
producer: Erik Hemmendorff
production: Plattform Produktion, Sonet Film AB, Coproduction Office ApS
backing: MEDIA Programme, Swedish Film Institute
distributor: Against Gravity, Eye Film Museum Distribution, Fugu, Soda Pictures

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