International Competition

The Swedish Theory of Love

Erik Gandini
Screening time  
23.02. / Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
25.02. / Thursday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
28.02. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 1  
For many people around the world, the Nordic social model is an ideal organization of society. Or is it, really?

For many people around the world, the Nordic social model is an ideal organization of society, a peak in the history of civilization and a shimmering example for others to follow. Or is it? What kind of society have we actually created for ourselves? The Swedish iconoclast Erik Gandini takes a loving and critical look at our little corner of the world from the other end of the telescope and finds the recipe for the good Nordic life in a manifesto published by the political elite in Sweden in the 1970s. Here, one finds that happiness is a life lived in freedom – from others. And so it has been ever since. But the question is whether our individualism and independence have isolated us from each other. Is the price of happiness a lifetime of loneliness? Like a sociologist from another planet, Gandini travels across the globe (and Scandinavia) drawing startling parallels between our way of life and all the other forms it could have taken. 


Erik Gandini

Erik Gandini, born in 1967, Sweden, is a director, producer, and writer. He has directed numerous films and documentaries highlighting Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara? co-directed with Tarik Saleh, Surplus. Terrorized Into Being Consumers awarded in IDFA and Videocracy, award winning in Toronto and Sheffield, amongst others. ZagrebDox screened most of his films in different programs, Retrospective program included, and Gandini held the Masterclass at 12th festival edition. He is one of the founders of the Swedish production company Atmo.

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The Swedish Theory of Love

2015, 76'

Directed by:
Erik Gandini

Screenplay by:
Erik Gandini

Vania Tegamelli, Carl Nilsson

Edited by:
Johan Söderberg

Erik Gandini, Juan Pablo Libossart

Produced by:
Fasad, Zentropa Entertainment, Indie Film, SVT, Film Väst

Festivals & Awards:

CPH:DOX 2015, Stockholm Film Festival 2015