The Swedish Theory of Love

Erik Gandini, Sweden, 2015


In February 1972 a group of politicians in Sweden gathered to define new ideas for the future. Motivated by an urgency to challenge the traditional social structures, they defined new goals for society. The vision was to create "A society of Autonomous Individuals". A manifesto was written in which it was declared that "no citizen should be depending on any other". In the year 2013, forty years later, Scandinavia is the region in the world with the loneliest population and Sweden is the country in which the highest amount of people die alone and also the country that tops the chart of single households with 47% living alone. Norway is a close second with 42% and Demark third with 41%. "Lost in Perfection" will try to penetrate Scandinavian perfection, look through the cracks and dig into the more dysfunctional sides of our seemingly perfect society.
Basic information Credits
Original title The Swedish Theory of Love
Danish title The Swedish Theory of Love
Director Erik Gandini
Screenplay Erik Gandini
Producer Erik Gandini, Libossart, Juan Pablo
Director of Photography Tegamelli, Vania, Carl Nilsson
Editor Johan Söderberg
Sound Hans Møller
Composer Johan Söderberg
Production country Sweden, Denmark
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Fasad
Co-production SVT, Film i Väst, Indie Film, Zentropa
With support from Svenska Filminstitutet, Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Norsk Filminstitutt, DR, YLE, NRK, MEDIA (EU)


Direction Erik Gandini


Screenplay Erik Gandini


Producer Erik Gandini
Producer Libossart, Juan Pablo


Cinematographer Tegamelli, Vania
Cinematographer Carl Nilsson
First assistant camera Fredrik Wenzel
First assistant camera Bengtsson, Kristian
First assistant camera Lukas Eisenhauer


Editor Johan Söderberg


Composer Johan Söderberg


Sound designer Hans Møller

Visual effects

Graphic design Helgeland, Knut A.

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