Mallorca venue for Cannes Film Festival winner Nightmare on a Plane

The inhabitants of Campos, members of Mallorca’s hospitality and tourism industry and a group of South American tourists visiting the island played key roles in the success of Triangle of Sadness, which debuted to rave reviews at the Festival of Cannes this year and won the Palme d’ Ou – the second time its director has won this award.

Acclaimed Swedish director and writer, Ruben Ostlundwho made his first feature in English with the film, took part in Majorca’s Evolution International Film Festival in Mallorca – he actually opened the festival with a special screening of the film.

He revealed that the first test screenings of the film during post-production and editing took place in Campos – Where he lives.

Turns out a little over a year ago he and his wife bought a small townhouse in Fields.
They have a young boy and they wanted to be closer to the grandparents, who live in Sant Llorenç, and reduce the constant trips to and from the island.

So, Campos has become more than a second home and Ruben said that not only was most of the film’s editing done in Campos, but the first test screenings also took place in the village.
“I think it’s important when you move to a new place to connect to the local culture and society and that’s something I was determined to do. And so organizing the testing for the local community provided the perfect opportunity,” he said.

“It was a great and very productive experience.
“The first group was a little worried about its initial three and a half hour duration (he joked). But seriously, post-production and editing is a hugely important part of making a movie, especially an epic piece, and the art of filmmaking is obviously about connecting with people and audiences. We managed to bring together a very diverse audience for the various test screenings.

“What was different and more interesting was that we didn’t have groups of filmmakers and people from the film industry at the test screenings, the kind of people who are always looking for the negatives. We were showing the film to real people, members of the general public, and the feedback was very different from what we usually receive and very productive. And testing resulted in a few changes, like the pacing of the movie. When you show a movie to an audience, there’s a different reaction compared to people watching it alone. People leave the screenings and they talk about it, they discuss the experience and have different points of view and we took them all on board,” he said.

And as a gift, a way of thanking some of the people who attended Campos’ test screenings, they were invited to the festival’s opening night red carpet.
While Mallorca played an import role in triangle of sadnessit may well be the location of Rubin’s next production.
“I’m about to start working on my next film, which will be called The entertainment system is down.

“It takes place on a 15 hour long haul flight and about two hours into the flight the entire entertainment system fails – no in-flight movies, no wifi, no cell phone connection, nothing . It’s about how passengers react to a situation like this as we now live in a world where we are addicted to our phones and social media.

“I have already had discussions with the Mallorca film commission and the airport about filming at Palma airport, but obviously most of the film will be shot in the closed environment of an airplane, and that is something we could also do here in Palma. So that’s what we’re looking at now. But I tend to take three years between movies. Triangle of Sadness took five years to make due to the pandemic hiatus, but I think my next film will be finished in three to four years and if possible shot here in Mallorca or at least part of it of it,” he said. said.

“There is a very good organization on the island for filmmakers and it keeps getting better. It’s the perfect place to make and shoot movies and also for a film festival of the caliber that Evolution offers. The island is so well connected with other countries, it is incredibly beautiful and the festival is getting better and better, with many members of the global industry is talking about it and wants to come here. And that’s very important for any film festival to be a success. Additionally, festivals need to connect with their location and local communities, and this festival does all of that – that’s why it’s such a hit,” Rubin said.

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His new film will still make the public suffer. “Of course. Going to the cinema is an experience, it has to be and, like in Triangle of Sadness, I intend to take the audience on another wild roller coaster ride. I want people to come out of the cinema talking about the film. Audiences aren’t stupid, they’re very smart, and that’s why we as filmmakers have to go the extra mile. We have to push ourselves, we have to take audiences beyond all expectations and that’s more important than ever in the age of streaming platforms and social media.

“The emergence of platforms has changed cinema, but it has also changed the way people watch movies.
“I remember growing up in Sweden that as a family we always watched TV together. Today, the only time the whole family or a group of people can get together to watch TV is for Eurovision. Yes, people watch screens, but they do so alone, on their own devices in their own spaces. And that can be quite dangerous because people no longer talk about what they watch collectively and share their experiences together.

“What happens is that people, especially young people, are constantly exposed to images and impressions that do not reflect what is happening in society.
“I have already started researching the subject of the new film, because the next generation is going to be influenced by 14-year-old social media influencers and computer generated images, artificial intelligence. There are no human curators of the content that young people watch and this means that humans do not control the content of images that influence society. And that’s why cinema is unique. We humans are the curators. Additionally, we bring people together for collective experience and enjoyment and we don’t dictate what people should see. Cinema is very often a reflection of society, of the real world in which we live, and that’s how I like to approach my projects. I like to take social topics and play with them, give the audience a chance to maybe look in the mirror, trigger a thought process, and that doesn’t happen on social media.

“And the big challenge is also getting people out of their bedrooms, away from their personal devices, to come to the cinema to watch movies. For this reason, we have a responsibility as an industry to make good films. As a filmmaker and writer, I like to question and confront myself. I touched on the art world in Square and the rich and famous in Triangle of Sadness and with my next project it will be about our addiction to our individual screens and devices.

“I was reading about a recent experience in the United States. A group of people were rounded up and placed in a room with nothing, no phones or anything, to see how they would react. All agreed that it was a horrifying experience and just to make the experience a little more exciting, each member of the group had access to a button which, when pressed, gave them a painful electric shock. By the end of the experiment, 40% had pressed the button, they were unable to sit still and do nothing for 15 minutes. This is where we are,” Rubin said.

“We have become unable to manage our own thoughts, we have to have constant and total distraction.
“So on the plane in my new film, I’ll be looking at how people react and behave when they don’t have access to any form of distraction. At first, cabin crew offer them compensation in the form of a free sandwich and bottled water, but then the passengers want more, they want endless free booze and so on.

“It’s going to be a challenge, especially shooting in an enclosed environment. I also want to look into air rage and why it has increased so much recently. According to some studies conducted by the airlines, when boarding the plane and passengers have to change from business class to economy class, the rage increases by four compared to boarding and you turn either left in business class or right in economy class and don’t see how the other half flies. It’s really fascinating and, again, the movie has to be an epic, so it’s going to be another wild roller coaster ride for the audience. In the end, the plane crashes and everyone dies in the process,” he said.

Whether that’s actually true I suppose we’ll have to wait and see, but Rubin is already making his case for what he intends to be another award-winning production.
So what does Triangle of Sadness mean?
“In Sweden it’s called the wrinkles between the eyebrows that point to problems in your life or if you’ve had a troubled life — you know, the ones people can easily fix today with a 15-minute botox session,” Rubin explained with a smile.

And when it comes to watching a movie and maybe looking at themselves or part of society in the mirror, some of the Mallorcan public may find Triangle of Sadness stimulating because it’s about a satirical film about the wealthy elite. The film stars Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Dolly de Leon, Zlatko Burić, Henrik Dorsin, Vicki Berlin and Woody Harrelson. It was the last film Dean starred in before his death at the end of August this year.

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