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Charlbi dean triangle of sadness actress tributed by ruben ostlund


Director Ruben Östlund paid tribute to the late star Charlbi Dean, who directed the Palme d’Or winning film Triangle of Sadness.

Dean was pronounced dead on August 30 at the age of 32 after an unexpected illness took her life in a New York City hospital. Östlund took to Instagram to remember the late model-actress, who is survived by her fiancé, male model Luke Volker.

“Charlbi’s sudden death is a shock and a tragedy,” Östlund wrote. “It is an honor to have met her and to work with her. Charlbi had a caring and sensitivity that lifted her peers and the entire film crew. The thought that she will no longer be by our side in the future makes me very sad.”

He added, “At this difficult time my thoughts go out to her loved ones, family and fiancé Luke.”

In addition to starring in Östlund’s Satire alongside Harris Dickinson and Woody Harrelson, Dean has appeared in the CW series Black Lightning and the films Spud, Death Race 3: Inferno, Blood in the Water and Don’t Sleep” on ” and “Porthole”.

Cannes-winning Triangle of Sadness will screen at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival and the 2022 New York Film Festival. The film opens in Neon theaters on October 7th. Dean plays model Yaya, one of the guests aboard a yacht that leads to chaos.

Earlier this year, she celebrated winning the Palme d’Or on Instagram, writing: “Congratulations to our family we made it!!! @ruben_ostlund you are the GOAT. I am forever grateful to you for trusting me to be separated from your genius and my dear @sinaostlund. I can’t believe I had the best year doing this at one of the most difficult times of my life. Here are some pictures of the year in Sweden and Greece during the pandemic. Forever and ever our @triangleofsadness family.”

Dean was discovered at the age of six and signed with Alfa Model Management at the age of 12 before launching her acting career. She regularly shared photos with her friend, fellow actress, and “Blonde” star Ana de Armas.

The official TIFF Twitter page also shared a tribute to the late actress.

“Really saddened by the news of Charlbi Dean’s sudden death,” the festival noted. “It was a gift to witness her incredible talent in TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, along with so many others.”

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