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Mannen utan kvaliteter
Lars Arrhenius

An animated short about a regular guy, The Man Without Qualities follows an anonymous Everyman from his birth to his grave. It is also a play on pictorial conventions; all the images in the film were made from sampled or homemade pictograms. This highly symbolic, global visual language was constructed to relay information in a direct and no-nonsense manner, which makes it easy to identify with the character in the movie. Taken together, these rudimentary illustrations turn into a complex narrative about a man of flesh and blood.

The Man Without Qualities is part of the short film project The Magnificent Six, produced by Filmform with support from Foundation Culture of the Future, Swedish Film Institute and SVT – Swedish Television Documentary, Short Film.

English title The Man Without Qualities
Keywords Animation, Computer-generated
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Computer
Duration 00:07:40
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2003
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About the artist

Lars Arrhenius

Lars Arrhenius (1966-2020) was a visual artist in constant change, moving fluidly between art forms. His work, whatever its shape and expression, tends to be playful and full of cleverness, but it is also characterized by warm empathy and sharp social critique, with just a hint of cynicism. His art has been called humorous attempts at explaining the great questions of of our time. The works often had a popular appeal that took him beyond the art world and into children’s programmes on television as well as the subway system.