A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH: Sweden’s entry for the Oscars

The Swedish Oscar Committee has chosen A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence as Sweden’s candidate for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.

Roy Andersson is currently working on a new project with the working title On Eternity (Om det oändliga), also adding that he wants to see more poetry in film in general.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch has been doing remarkably well overseas. Last year, it was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. In addition to its international awards, the film has been rating well with critics domestically and overseas. The average rating from the Swedish critics is 3.90 out of five.

The SFI states that Roy Andersson is one of Swedish film’s most important directors of all time. His first feature-length film A Swedish Love Story (En kärlekshistoria) from 1970 set a new standard in psychological realism, subtle tragicomedy and strong visual narrative – something that has characterised Andersson’s work ever since, particularly in his acclaimed 2000 comeback movie Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen). A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is the perfectionist Andersson’s first feature-length film in seven years. Andersson was also selected Sweden’s candidate for the Academy Award nominations with A Swedish Love Story,  Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living.

In addition to supporting the Swedish entry for Best Foreign Language Film, the Swedish Film Institute will also grant support for the Academy Award campaign for Stig Björkman’sIngrid Bergman – In Her Own Words in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Read our interview with Roy Andersson here

Information from the Swedish Film Institute

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.