Roy Andersson’s Pigeon Flies From US To France And Japan

Following its Golden Lion award in Venice and Toronto screening in the Masters’ section, Roy Andersson’s film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence has been sold by Coproduction Office to several key world distributors including Magnolia Pictures in the US.

Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said: “We were swept away by the humour, beauty, and sheer originality of this film. For admirers of Roy Andersson, a new film from him is a true cinematic gift. For people that haven’t experiences his films before, A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence is a terrific place to start.”

The third instalment in Andersson’s trilogy on ‘being human’ will be released in the US next year and directors Darren Aronofsky and Alejandro González Iñárritu have agreed to introduce the film to US audiences.

Magnolia Pictures is the biggest US buyer of Scandinavian films. Current films playing under its label in US cinemas include Nymphomaniac-Director’s Cut and We Are the Best. Upcoming titles comprisePioneer and Force Majeure.

Other key territories that have acquired Andersson’s existential tale include the UK (Artificial Eye-Curzon), Italy (Lucky Red), Spain (Golem), France (Les Films du losange), Japan (Bitters End) and Taiwan (Andrews Film). The film produced by Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond will open in Sweden on November 14 via TriArt.


via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

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.