Double Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund has been named the new Honorary President of Sweden’s Gothenburg Film Festival, the largest film event in Scandinavia.
The leader of the “Triangle of Sadness” will act as an advisor to the Swedish party and “put his artistic stamp on the festival program,” the organizers promised. The same goes for the next 46e edition, starting in January.
“It was both an easy and a joyful choice to accept this tough title,” said Östlund, who will succeed the previous presidents, Ingmar Bergman and Roy Andersson.
“We share the vision of a more vital film culture, free of nostalgic legacies. We will have to do this work in many different areas, but I can reveal that the cinema audience is the first we have to lecture.”
“They need to learn the difference between scrolling for dopamine on individual screens and participating in a show,” he added.
As reported by Varietythe award-winning director – whose satire ‘The Square’ was nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 – is currently working on ‘The Entertainment System is Down’, set aboard a long-haul flight and inspired by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel ‘Brave New World’ .”
The film will be shot in English.
“Since I made ‘Force Majeure’, my goal has been to combine the best part of American cinema, where you reach the audience, with European cinema, where you discuss society and where you provoke thoughts. And I think the public is really interested in that,” he said recently Variety.
But he also has other ambitious plans.
“It was fantastic to [Palme d’Or] the first time. I never thought it would happen again. And when you win it the second time, the scary thing is realizing it’s possible to win a third time. And then I would be the only one in the world. I’m sorry, but these are the kind of fantasies I get.”
Östlund screened his short documentary “Let the Others Deal with Love” at the festival in 2001. Now, more than two decades after his first visit, he will speak as the new president at the opening ceremony.
“Ruben Östlund has the artistic integrity, intellectual playfulness and international luminescence that make him an outstanding honorary president of the Gothenburg Film Festival,” noted artistic director Jonas Holmberg, who called the leader a “loyal visitor” to the festival.
“He is a critical sociologist, a passionate image creator and a charming provocateur. It will be both joyful and challenging for us to look together for the future of the festival.”
The board of the Gothenburg Film Festival appoints the honorary chairman for five years, after which he is renewed or terminated.