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The Socialist, The Architect and the Twisted tower

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.

About the director

Fredrik Gertten, director of Bikes vs Cars, is an award-winning Swedish director and journalist.

His latest works BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (2012) and BANANAS!* (2009) have met audiences in over 80 countries including leading festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, Hot Docs, Toronto, IDFA, Melbourne IFF, Sao Paulo IFF and Sheffield. The sale of fairtrade bananas in Sweden almost doubled after the release of the films.

In 1994, Fredrik founded the production company WG Film. He previously worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. Today he combines filmmaking with a role as a creative producer at WG Film – famous for local stories with a global understanding, with several films catching the identity and transformation of his hometown.


Production info

Title: The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower

Genre: Documentary

Production year: 2005

Length: 58 min


Director: Fredrik Gertten

Producers: Fredrik Gertten

Editor: Marie-Louise Bordinggaard, Olivier Bugge Coutté

With support from: Sparbanksstiftelsen Skåne, Konstnärsnämnden, Kultur Malmö and MEDIA International sales by First Hand Films World Sales


Doc Fest, Festival di Palazzo Venezia – 1st Prize for best documentary competing in the Architecture Category Architecture


(In selection) International Festival of Films on Art – FIFA, Montreal, Canada 2006, Documenta Madrid, Madrid, Spain 2006, DOKU.ARTS – International Festival for Films on Art, Berlin, Germany 2006, Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Canada 2006, Environmental Film Festival, Washington DC, USA 2007, Architecture Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2007