Triangle of Sadness (2022) Production Notes

Director: Ruben Östlund
Writer(s): Ruben Östlund
Main Cast: Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Woody Harrelson, Vicki Berlin, Henrik Dorsin, Zlatko Buric, Jean-Christophe Folly, Iris Berben, Dolly De Leon, Sunnyi Melles, Amanda Walker, Oliver Ford Davies, Arvin Kananian, Carolina Gynning, Ralph Schicha
Release Date: 2022-10-28
Runtime: 142 mins. / 2 h 22 m
Release Status: Complete

Models Carl and Yaya are navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. The couple are invited for a luxury cruise with a rogues’ gallery of super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marxquoting captain. At first, all appears Instagrammable. But a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner.

The cruise ends catastrophically. Carl and Yaya find themselves marooned on a desert island with a group of billionaires and one of the ship’s cleaners. Hierarchy is suddenly flipped upside down, as the housekeeper is the only one who knows how to fish.

Please note: Some production notes may contain spoilers.


Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 and grew up on an island on the West Coast of Sweden. He studied at the University of Gothenburg where he met Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark of his work.

Östlund’s feature debut THE GUITAR MONGOLOID (2005) won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow Film Festival.

All of Östlund’s subsequent feature films premiered at Cannes, starting with his second feature INVOLUNTARY (2008), which premiered in Un Certain Regard.

Östlund won the Golden Bear in Berlin for his short film INCIDENT BY A BANK (2010). This short film provided the opportunity for him to experiment with techniques and style. This experimentation would become apparent in his third feature PLAY (2011), which premiered at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight. It went on to win the Nordic Film Prize (the most important Scandinavian prize). His fourth feature FORCE MAJEURE (2014) premiered in Un Certain Regard and won the Jury Prize. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe and shortlisted for an Oscar.

Östlund returned to Cannes with his fifth feature THE SQUARE (2017), which was selected in Official Competition and won the Palme d’Or. It was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

TRIANGLE OF SADNESS is his sixth feature and premiered in competition at Cannes 2022, winning the Palme d’Or.


BAFTA-nominated Harris Dickinson has received critical acclaim for his diverse film and television work. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Gotham Award for his breakout performance in Eliza Hittman’s 2017 BEACH RATS. His other film credits include Matthew Vaughn’s THE KING’S MAN, Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR: PART II, Xavier Dolan’s MATTHIAS AND MAXIME, Henry Blake’s COUNTY LINES and THE DARKEST MINDS. His TV roles include FX series TRUST. In 2022, he was selected as one of five EE BAFTA Rising Star nominees and his upcoming films include the adaptation of Delia Owens bestselling novel, WHERE THE CRAWDAD’S SING and the murder-mystery SEE HOW THEY RUN.


Charlbi Dean is a fresh face on the rise in Hollywood. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she began modeling at the age of six and has graced the pages of major international publications including Vogue and GQ. Dean makes her starring debut on the big screen in Ruben Östlund’s TRIANGLE OF SADNESS


Woody Harrelson first endeared himself to millions of viewers as the affable bartender ‘Woody Boyd’ in NBC’s long-running hit comedy, Cheers, a role for which he won an Emmy. He would go on to receive multiple nominations for his film work, including an Academy Award nomination for Oren Moverman’s THE MESSENGER, Academy Award, Golden Globes, and SAG nominations for Milos Forman’s THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, and most recently an Academy Award and BAFTA nomination for Martin McDonagh’s THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. He has recently finished filming Bobby Farrelly’s CHAMPIONS and the series The White House Plumbers for HBO.


Dolly de Leon is a veteran stage and screen actress in the Philippines. Classically trained in the theater, de Leon has starred in more than 30 stage productions ranging from Shakespeare to Harold Pinter to Samuel Beckett. In film and TV, she has worked with highly-regarded Filipino directors Lav Diaz in his Historya ni Ha and Erik Matti on the HBO anthology series “Folklore.» De Leon won a 2020 best supporting actress prize at the Philippines’ Academy Awards (FAMAS) for her performance in Verdict. She holds a B.A. in Theater Arts Performance from the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City and currently lives in Manila with her four children. TRIANGLE OF SADNESS is her long-overdue breakout international film role.


Plattform Produktion, based in Gothenburg and Stockholm, is one of the most innovative and cutting-edge production companies in Sweden. After having met at the University of Gothenburg, producer Erik Hemmendorff and director Ruben Östlund founded the company in 2002. Erik Hemmendorff is one of the ACE producers (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen).

Plattform Produktion has won over a hundred international prizes worldwide including the Palme d’Or for TRIANGLE OF SADNESS (2022) and THE SQUARE (2017). The company’s resume also includes FORCE MAJEURE (2014), which premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2014. It received the Jury Prize and went on to win six Swedish Guldbagge Awards, including Best Film. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA and shortlisted for an Oscar.

Other notable films include PLAY (2011), INVOLUNTARY (2008), THE GUITAR MONGOLOID (2004), 53 SCENES FROM A CHILDHOOD (2011), THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY LIFE OF JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ (2010), GREETINGS FROM THE WOODS (2009) and more recently, PLEASURE (Cannes Official Selection 2020 and Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition 2021).

Plattform Produktion has also produced several award-winning short films including INCIDENT BY A BANK (2009), winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin 2010, TEN METER TOWER (2016), which premiered at the Berlinale before moving on to compete in over 100 festivals including Sundance and Palm Springs, winning both the Jury and Audience Awards in Clermont-Ferrand as well as 14 other prizes. Millions saw the film online as it went viral through the New York Times’ website. It has been acquired by the Finnish Museum of Modern Art and exhibited at the Venice Biennale. FIGHT ON A SWEDISH BEACH!! (2016) competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016.


Founded in 1987 by French producer Philippe Bober, Coproduction Office produces and distributes bold and original films by visionary directors. As one of Europe’s leading international sales agents, Coproduction Office distinguishes itself through an outstanding catalogue of carefully chosen gems and the broad exploitation of exceptional, award-winning films.

Philippe Bober maintains long-lasting professional relationships with groundbreaking European directors: Roy Andersson, Michelangelo Frammartino, Jessica Hausner, Ruben Östlund, Ulrich Seidl... «The auteurs I work with are among those with the most personal ideas. I facilitate them pushing the borders of cinematic language, while simultaneously sharing the expression of these ideas with audiences” he notes.

Together with Coproduction Office’s four production companies in Berlin, Paris, London and Copenhagen, Bober has worked as a producer on forty films to date. Over half of them premiered in competition in Cannes, Venice or Berlin, with twelve in Cannes. Recent awards include the Palme d’Or in 2022 for TRIANGLE OF SADNESS and in 2017 for THE SQUARE by Ruben Östlund, Cannes 2019 Best Actress for LITTLE JOE by Jessica Hausner, Venice 2019 Silver Lion for ABOUT ENDLESSNESS by Roy Andersson, Berlin 2020 Silver Bear for DAU.NATASHA by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy; Venice 2021 Jury Prize for IL BUCO by Michelangelo Frammartino.