A dramatic, behind-the-scene-story about the building of Santiago Calatravas Turning Torso in Malmö. A 190 meter high, twisted residential building which was appointed “worlds best residential building project” at Mipim in Cannes, 2005.
A film that shows thorny confrontation between dreams and reality: cultural clashes, financial crisis and heavy personal defeats. A hazardous project: the deposits are high, everyone in it has something to loose.

Johnny Örbäck is a former social democratic top-politician. At the moment he is MD at HSB Malmö. He sees Calatravas sculpture and falls in love. An idea is born- would it be possible to build such a house at the old shipyard area in Malmö?
The first sod is turned and the project grows, the budget is exceeded over and over. Johnny Örbäck is putting his own reputation at risk. “If this project is in trouble, I'm in trouble!”
Santiago Calatrava is an artist, an engineer and an architect. He has built bridges, airports, and opera houses all over the world. Turning Torso is his first skyscraper. It can't go wrong. It will lead the way to the capital of all skyscrapers: New York City.
Ingvar Nohlin is in charge of HSB's projects, and the one who handles the common intercessions between the entrepreneurs and the architects -the project must stay within the limits of the budget, without the design being neglected. It's an uneven struggle and he often curses the “damned Spaniards” who don't deliver the sketches in time.

The years pass and the project is delayed. In Malmö there is a raging debate over this “showpiece for the rich”. “A peoples-movement enterprise such as HSB should build for ordinary people.” The budget is now exceeded with nearly 800 millions. The pressure on all the involved is enormous. Will it be at all possible to finish the tower? Through the key characters we get a unique glimpse of the world of architecture and of what happens when a vision meet the hard facts of reality.

The documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten follows the project from the turning of the first sod to the moment when the city has got its new landmark.

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El socialista, el arquitecto y la Turning Torso - Cinema i arquitectura

Menorca, Spain

The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower - Nordisk Panorama

Malmö, Sweden

The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower, Image de Ville Film Festival

Aix-en-Provence, France

2010.11.12 - 2010.11.16
The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower, 2010 El Documental del Mes

Santiago de Chile, 04/11, Auditorio Municipal de la Pintana
Santiago de Chile, 25/11
Santiago de Chile, 30/11, Teatro Mori
Santiago de Chile, 04/11, Cineteca PUCV

Córdoba, 24/11 Cineclub Universitario

Menorca – Alaior, 25/11, Església de Gràcia
Menorca – Ciutadella, 15/11, Centre Social de Sa Nostra
Menorca – Es Mercadal    26/11, Casal de Joves
Menorca - Maó    22/11, Ateneu de Maó
Mallorca – Artà    04/11, Teatre d’Artà
Mallorca - Lloseta, 11/11, Biblioteca Reynés Ramon
Mallorca - Manacor, 05/12 Teatre  de Manacor
Mallorca – Palma, 09/11 y 23/11 Teatre  Municipal
Mallorca - Pollença, 28/11 Club Pollença
Mallorca –Porto Cristo, 05/11 Centre de Cultura
Mallorca –Sa Pobla, 19/11 Sa Congregació
Mallorca – Vilafranca de Bonany    12/11, Casal d’Entitats
Eivissa, 04/11 Espai Cultural Can Ventosa
Eivissa – Santa Eulària    10/11, Sala d’exposicions
Eivissa – Sant Antoni de Portmany, 11/11 Centre Cultural Can Portmany, Sant Rafael
Formentera – Sant Francesc 04/11 Sala Municipal de Cultura

2010.11.04 - 2010.11.30
The Socialist, The Architect... Biografen Kino

Lund, Sweden

Twisted Torso, Danmarks Radio

DR 2

Architecture Film Festival

Rotterdam, Nederländerna

2007.10.11 - 2007.11.14
Auckland + Wellington FF

New Zeeland

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Durham, North Carolina, USA

2007.04.12 - 2007.04.15
Guggenheim, Bilbao Full Frame
2007.04.12 - 2007.04.15
Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, USA

Environmental Film Festival

Washington DC, USA

2007.03.15 - 2007.03.25
Adelaide Film Festival


2007.02.22 - 2007.03.04
Stranger than Fiction

Gene Siskel Film Center

2007.01.08 - 2007.01.09
Santiago Calatrava Day

Patras, Greece

Roshd International Film Festival

Tehran, Iran

2006.11.03 - 2006.11.10
Artecinema Festival

Neapel, Italien

2006.10.19 - 2006.10.22
Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary, Kanada

2006.09.22 - 2006.10.01
Festival di Palazzo Venezia

Rom, Italien

2006.09.15 - 2006.09.30
DOKU.ARTS - International Festival for Films on Art

Berlin, Tyskland

2006.09.14 - 2006.09.17
Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival

Pärnu, Estland

2006.07.02 - 2006.07.16
Rhodes International Film + Visual Arts Festival

Rhodos, Grekland

2006.06.20 - 2006.06.25
Documenta Madrid

Madrid, Spanien

2006.05.05 - 2006.05.14
International Festival of Films on Art - FIFA

Montreal, Kanada

2006.03.09 - 2006.03.19