Original title: Det är tänt

A film by Viktor Israel Strand.

Language: Swedish

Subtitel: English

Videoformat: 16:9

Length: 72 min

Color: Black and white

Year: 2023


A young man named Johan works for the Swedish government and creates permits that enable the sale of protected lands. Johan thinks a lot, he always wants to do a good job, act right and wants to be considered right in the eyes of others. He is awaiting a bonus that he has been promised. The bonus is suddenly given to another colleague, Johan continues to work with the condition which wears on his already hard-pressed psyche. He experiences a disappearance from this world with a strong anxiety.

IT IS LIT(Detärtänt) HD stills 4
IT IS LIT(Detärtänt) HD stills 6
IT IS LIT(Detärtänt) HD stills 2
IT IS LIT(Detärtänt) HD stills 5
IT IS LIT(Detärtänt) HD stills 3

Director, Producer & Writer

Viktor Israel Strand

Key Cast

Johan - Amund Öhrnell


Matts  -  Anthony Palm

Marielle  -  Ellen Mark

Björn  -  Erik Lundholm

Pontus  - Björn Carlsson

Lina  -  Nathalie Altoray

Kristoffer  -  Adam Dahlström

Gul  -  Thomas Gjutarenäfve

Brun  -  Jonatan Mattisson

Neighbour  -  Simon Capdevila

Man  -  George Konstantinidis

Woman 1  -  Åsa Kjellberg Nilsson

Woman 2  -  Isadora Israel

Production Assistant & Sound

Isadora Isael

Lights & Props

Astta Nielsen

Therese Bulöw

Sound Design

David Gülich

Sound Design Assistant

Erik Bränström


Victor Rothman

Anders Strand

MArtina Strand

Markus Wallström

Johan Simonsson

Description at IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam)

Christian Salmon’s non-fiction book Storytelling outlines the madness of the modern neoliberal business model: constantly disrupting itself and tearing down tradition, yet demanding the total emotional investment of each worker. These conditions have definitely been internalised by the Swedish employees in It is Litand it shows in their confused, contradictory, even sociopathic behaviours. Especially in Johan, who fears every new move in the company and plots accordingly – while hearing phantom noises of long-ago building operations. He is motivated by the dream of owning a castle – but his fantasy is erected on quicksand.

Viktor Israel Strand’s black-and-white, low-budget, jump-cut heavy film shows the bleak, melancholic, nightmarish underside of satirical ‘office comedies’ like The Boss of It All (Lars von Trier, 2006). Here there is no physical office as such: as in an early Fassbinder movie, the characters meander, gather at forlorn outdoor sites and cower under the night sky. The fragmentation of the narrative mirrors the decentredness of contemporary working conditions. Eventually reality itself dissolves. Basic human interaction is, naturally enough, the first thing to suffer in this hellish regime: Johan keeps tentatively poking his companions to check if they are actually present. The Big Question: is Johan himself even present?

– Adrian Martin