Playing with art cinema? Digitality constructs in ruben Östlund’s play

Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Garrett Traylor

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This article analyses how Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s much-discussed feature film Play (2011) re-aligns assumptions of auteur and art cinema through its plot, thematic and compositional aspects, while relating these to digital communication technologies and convergence paradigms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Scandinavian Cinema
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Art cinema
  • Auteur
  • Communication
  • Convergence
  • Database
  • Digital film and cinema
  • Long-take
  • Play
  • Ruben Östlund
  • Technology and Smart phones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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