Mechanical love

Phie Ambo, Denmark, 2007

79 min.DK/Documentary

»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 Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Mechanical love
Keywords Artificial intelligence, , Ishiguro, Hiroshi
Director Phie Ambo
Screenplay Phie Ambo
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Phie Ambo
Editor Camilla Skousen, My Thordal
Composer Sanna Salmenkallio
Production country Denmark
Production companies Tju-Bang Film
Domestic distribution Dox-on-wheels
International sale TV 2 World / Teglholm Allé 16 / 2450 København SV / t +45 6521 2223 / f +45 6521 4199 / sales@tv2.dk / www.tv2world.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info 35 mm, 2,35:1 Scope, color, Dolby, SRD
Danish festival release 06.11.2007, Grand, CPH:DOX 2007
Danish theatrical release 01.02.2008
Cinemas Grand samt 6 biografer i provinsen i de efterfølgende 2 måneder
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production companies Tju-Bang Film
Domestic distribution Dox-on-wheels


Direction Phie Ambo


Script Phie Ambo


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Line producer Ane Mandrup Pedersen
Executive producer Michael Fleischer


Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Cinematography Phie Ambo


Stills Phie Ambo


Additional editing Marion Tuor
Editing Camilla Skousen
Editing My Thordal


Music Sanna Salmenkallio


Sound designer Rasmus Winther Jensen

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Audience Prize 2008 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2008

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Distributørvisning 2010-09-09
Beijing, Nordox 2009-11-14
Torino, Cinemambiente 2009-10-08
Ebeltoft 2009-07-31
Durham, Full Frame 2009-04-02
New York, MoMA Documentary Fortnight Festival 2009-02-11
Jogjakarta, Festival Film Dokumenter 2008-12-07
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2008-11-28
Human Rights Film Festival PRAVO LJUDSKI 2008-11-13
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 2008-11-12
Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival 2008-11-04
Maribor, DokMa 2008-11-02
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2008-10-15
Morelia International Film Festival 2008-10-04
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2008-09-26
Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 2008-09-11
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2008-07-17
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 2008-07-10
München International Film Festival 2008-06-20
Los Angeles Film Festival 2008-06-19
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008-06-18
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2008-06-16
Krakow Film Festival 2008-05-30
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2008-05-09
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2008-04-17
Kiev, Contact Int. Documentary Film Festival 2008-04-13
Vilnius International Film Festival 2008-04-03
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2008-03-27
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2008-03-16
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2008-03-05
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2008-01-23
Amsterdam, IDFA 2007-11-22
CPH:DOX 2007-11-09
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Reviews and articles

On the library you can find these articles and revies and other material about the film.
Type Source Author Date
Artikel Berlingske Tidende ebbe 2008-12-01
Artikel Børsen Sgr 2008-11-28
Interview Politiken Birgitte Kjær 2008-10-09
Interview Politiken Birgitte Kjær 2008-10-09
Interview Politiken Morten Jastrup 2008-08-19
Interview Politiken Morten Jastrup 2008-08-19
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Sophie Engberg Sonne 2008-03-14
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten 2008-02-04
Artikel Berlingske Tidende Ebbe Iversen 2008-02-02
Artikel Urban Louise Kidde Sauntved 2008-02-01
Anmeldelse Politiken Dorthe Hygum Soerensen 2008-02-01
Anmeldelse Information Lars Movin