Film director Ruben Östlund, whose film Force Majeure (Turist) is currently showing at cinemas and film festivals around the world, has been appointed professor at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. The Academy offers study programmes in film, photography, literary composition and fine art. As a professor, Östlund’s focus will lie within filmmaking, an area at the Academy that has recently been expanded with several new teachers.
– We’re very happy to have Ruben Östlund on board. We see an enormous potential in his approach concerning the filmmaker’s responsibility as well as in his engagement in the position of film and images in the development of society.
As a new professor in filmmaking, Östlund is aiming to further develop his field. He feels that the University together with the right partners could assume the right of interpretation and modernise the attitude to how we relate to film and images as a field.
– In an era where we more than ever before expose ourselves to images and film, no agency or organisation has been tasked to look closer at this from a community-building perspective.
In the new academic context, Östlund wants to be part of changing the attitudes regarding the position of images and film in society.
– I want to focus on how the potential of images and film can be utilised and on how we can prepare coming generations for the handling of them, he says.