The Golden Lion to Roy Andersson in Venice: SFI Press Release

The award was no great surprise after a most successful festival week. The film has been praised in the international trade press, and Roy Andersson was referred to as a maestro at the packed press conference.

Andersson and his films have won many distinctions over the years. His debut feature A Swedish Love Story (En kärlekshistoria, 1970) received the critics’ prize in Berlin and a Swedish Guldbagge Award for the highest quality points,Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen, 2000) received the Jury Prize in Cannes and won six Guldbagge Awards, and You, the Living (Du levande, 2007) won three Guldbagge Awards and a raft of international prizes.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is about two jaded men on a sales tour with their jokes and novelties. Through them a breathtaking world is depicted, in the present, past and future, in reality and fantasy, while all kinds of human destinies pass in review.

The film is produced by Pernilla Sandström for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, and co-produced by Société Parisienne de Production of France, 4½ of Norway, and German company Essential Film Production. The film received production funding from the Swedish Film Institute, Film Commissioner Suzanne Glansborg. The international rights are being sold by Coproduction Office. The movie premieres in Sweden on 14 November and is distributed by TriArt.

Read more about Roy Andersson in Swedish Film Database.

For further information about the film and interview questions, please contactEva Esseen Arndorff/TriArt, Swedish distributor, phone +46 (0)734-176552, e-mail eva@triart.se.

via 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.