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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
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

Born 1966 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lars Arrhenius is an artist working with narrative images, a sort of storyboards, in which cause and effect in everyday life has a central role. His cartoon style can be sampled, drawn in the traditional manner or computer generated. Lars Arrhenius studied at the Royal Academy in Stockholm and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He shows his work regularly in New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Stockholm.