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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron / 2014 / Roy Andersson / Drama

Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is an oddly affecting film about oddly affecting people – that is to say, all of us. It’s the final part of a trilogy about “being a human being“ by influential Swedish master Roy Andersson, which started with Songs from the Second Floor and continued with You, the Living. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza . . .

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Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature. www.hamburg-review.de