Erik Gandini
Sweden, Italy, Norway | 2023 | 81 min
Swiss Premiere
Languages : English, Italian
Subtitles : English, French

One short exchange in After Work somehow encapsulates the ambivalence of the word “work”, which this film so brilliantly chronicles: “How are you? – I’m working.” Out of context, this answer could mean a million things... Giving voice to a wide range of people — from a delivery driver to an heiress — Erik Gandini decrypts the world of work and its possible futures.

In 1958, the philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote the following lines in her book The Human Condition: "What we are confronted with is the prospect of a society of labourers without labour, that is, without the only activity left to them. Surely, nothing could be worse." After Work is a timely, highly necessary, contemporary update on Arendt’s warning about the world of work today, its possible future and its possible disappearance. How are we to give meaning to our lives if we are to become deprived of what for so long has been its main content - that is to say, work? Focusing on relatively well-to-do economies such as Italy, the United States, South Korea and Kuwait, the film functions like a taster of a conundrum that risks becoming more widespread over time with the rise of artificial intelligence and automation. Interviewing a wide range of figures (among them, an Amazon delivery driver; a philosopher specialised in the origins and history of the work ethic; and an heiress), After Work attempts a thought experiment: to separate work from employment, or even productivity, and to envisage it as an activity for its own sake, that might cater only to the people who engage in it.


Dimitri de Preux

After Work, 2023
Rebellkirurgen, 2017
Cosmopolitanism, 2015
The Swedish Theory of Love, 2015
Videocracy, 2009
Gitmo, 2005
Surplus, 2003
Sacrificio, 2001
Sarajevogänget, 1994
Fredrik WenzelMåns Månsson
Christofer BergJohan Söderberg
Johan Söderberg
Jesper KurlandskyFasad
Sales contact
Cat and