Mechanical love

Phie Ambo (DK, 2007)

Mechanical love (Phie Ambo, DK, 2007)
Foto: Phie Ambo

»Mechanical Love« is a documentary on the interrelationship between robots and humans. The film portrays people who have a close relationship with a robot, and it takes us from the high temple of robot technology, Tokyo, Japan, to Braunschweig, Germany, to Italy and back to Copenhagen, Denmark. By this world tour director Phie Ambo seeks to highlight the human need for love and our craving to be loved by others - perhaps the two most important aspects of life. Through the main characters, she examines the cultural differences in how we accept emotional robots in the East and the West.


Basic information

Danish titleMechanical love
DirectorPhie Ambo
ScreenplayPhie Ambo
Director of PhotographyPhie Ambo
Danish festival release2007-11-06
Danish theatrical release01.02.2008
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageDanish, English, German, Italian, Japanese
Duration79 min.
Production companyTju-Bang Film
Domestic distribution Dox-on-wheels
International saleTV 2 World / Teglholm Allé 16 / DK-2450 København SV / t +45 6521 2223 / f +45 6521 4199 / /
Festival informationDanish Film Institute
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Additional information

Technical info35 mm / 2,35:1 Scope / color / Dolby, SRD
Length in meters2188 m
Danish ratingAllowed for all

Full credits

Phie AmboDirection
Phie AmboScript
Ane Mandrup PedersenLine producer
Michael FleischerExecutive producer
Phie AmboCinematography
Torsten Høgh RasmussenGraphic design
Phie AmboStills
My ThordalEditing
Marion TuorAdditional editing
Rasmus Winther JensenSound design
Visual effects
Torsten Høgh RasmussenGraphic design
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Audience Prize 2008 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2008

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Beijing, Nordox 14-11-2009
Torino, Cinemambiente 08-10-2009
Den Europæiske Filmhøjskole Ebeltoft 31-07-2009
Durham, Full Frame 02-04-2009
New York, MoMA Documentary Fortnight Festival 11-02-2009
Jogjakarta, Festival Film Dokumenter 07-12-2008
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 28-11-2008
Sarajevo Human Rights Film Festival PRAVO LJUDSKI 13-11-2008
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 12-11-2008
Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival 04-11-2008
Maribor, DokMa 02-11-2008
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 15-10-2008
Morelia International Film Festival 04-10-2008
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 26-09-2008
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 11-09-2008
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 17-07-2008
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 10-07-2008
München International Film Festival 20-06-2008
Los Angeles Film Festival 19-06-2008
Edinburgh International Film Festival 18-06-2008
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 16-06-2008
Krakow Film Festival 30-05-2008
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2008
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 17-04-2008
Kiev, Contact Int. Documentary Film Festival 13-04-2008
Vilnius International Film Festival 03-04-2008
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 27-03-2008
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 16-03-2008
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 05-03-2008
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 23-01-2008
Amsterdam, IDFA 22-11-2007
CPH:DOX 09-11-2007
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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DFI News and articles

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Reviews and articles

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Ebbe, 1 December 2008)

Artikel (Børsen - Grønbech Larsen, 28 November 2008)

Interview (Politiken - Kjær, 9 October 2008)

Interview (Politiken - Kjær, 9 October 2008)

Interview (Politiken - Jastrup, 19 August 2008)

Interview (Politiken - Jastrup, 19 August 2008)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Sonne, 14 March 2008)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten, 4 February 2008)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Iversen, 2 February 2008)

Artikel (Urban - Sauntved, 1 February 2008)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 1 February 2008)

Anmeldelse (Information - Movin, 1 February 2008)

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