Roy Andersson

  • Roy Andersson – Du levande AKA You, the Living (2007) (HD)

    Roy Andersson2001-2010ArthouseComedySweden
    Du levande (2007) (HD)
    Du levande (2007) (HD)

    In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a fantasy honeymoon with a rock guitarist. A man awakes from a dream about bomber planes. A businessman boasts about success while being robbed by a pickpocket and so on. The absurdist collection is accompanied by Dixieland jazz and similar music.Read More »

  • Fred Scott – Being a Human Person (2020)

    2011-2020DocumentaryFred ScottUnited Kingdom

    At 76, Swedish auteur Roy Andersson is about to complete his last film. With the end of his career in sight, the central thematic concerns of Roy’s work – vulnerability, insecurity and mortality – spill over into his creative process. Over the course of a career spanning decades, he’s remained enigmatic and reclusive… until now.Read More »

  • Roy Andersson – Om det oändliga AKA About Endlessness (2019)

    2011-2020DramaExperimentalRoy AnderssonSweden

    With ABOUT ENDLESSNESS, Roy Andersson adds to his cinematic oeuvre with a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.Read More »

  • Roy Andersson – Commercials (Various)

    Roy AnderssonShort FilmSweden

    “A selection of Andersson’s droll little capitalist nightmares (‘the best in the world’ according to Ingmar Berman) featuring color-drained people who have ceased to be consumers and become the consumed. Middle-aged newlyweds pound one another’s skulls with appliances; new purchases bring disasters; and an infamous ad for Sweden’s Social Democratic Party rhetorically asks ‘Why Should We Care About One Another’ as nurses offhandedly toss patients around rooms, teachers shake down kids for lunch money, and commuters kick a man while he’s down” (Jason Sanders, Pacific Film Archive).Read More »

  • Roy Andersson – Sånger från andra våningen AKA Songs from the second floor (2000)

    1991-2000ComedyDramaRoy AnderssonSweden

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    Unique, arresting and often grotesquely funny, Songs from the Second Floor presents us with 45 obsessively composed dramatic vignettes of decaying civilisation, set in and around a clammy Nordic city resembling a 1930s surrealist prophecy of Y2K apocalypse. There’s no plot, only a cumulative sense of impending doom as the hapless cast of failed businessmen, insurance swindlers, crucifix salesmen and senile fascists fitfully negotiate their way towards the ultimate betrayal of future generations. — BG

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  • Roy Andersson – Du Levande aka You, the Living (2007)

    2001-2010ArthouseRoy AnderssonSweden

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    Or, you, the living dead. The motley bunch of sad-looking characters that inhabit this series of vaguely-connected episodes of modern Stockholm life that sit somewhere between Kaurismäki, Buñuel and the Far Side cartoons all look as if they died days ago: their skins are white and drooping and their eyes look dead in their sockets. That’s life, though, Swedish director Roy Andersson seems to be saying in this most maudlin of feature-length comedy sketch shows which recalls the gallows humour of his ‘Songs from the Second Floor’ (2000).Read More »

  • Roy Andersson – En kärlekshistoria aka A Swedish Love Story (1970)

    1961-1970DramaRoy AnderssonSweden

    Fifteen year-old Pär and fourteen year-old Annika fall in love…
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    Summer with Annika: A Swedish Love Story (1970)
    Jean A. Gili
    Author of very few works – four films in thirty-seven years, including Songs from the Second Floor (2000) and You, the Living (2007) – Roy Andersson made his first film in 1970, a tale of adolescent love set against the backdrop of a cruel tableau of the petite bourgeoisie wedged between conformity and frustration. Rediscovered now, A Swedish Love Story (En Kärlekshistoria) shows the inauguration of a critical gaze that has never deviated from its just distance.Read More »

  • Roy Andersson – En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron AKA A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

    2011-2020ComedyDramaRoy AnderssonSweden

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    Like modern times’ Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies. A trip that shows us the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humour and tragedy that is in us, life’s grandeur as well as frailty of humanity. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence was Awarded Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival.Read More »

  • Roy Andersson – Besöka sin son AKA Visiting One’s Son (1967)

    1961-1970ArthouseRoy AnderssonShort FilmSweden

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    Mother, father and sister visit the adult son in the family in his small apartment for a dinner. The father gives one critical view after the other about his sons life.

    Roy Anderssons school shorts has not got the same aesthetics as his most well-known works; “You, the Living”, “World of Glory” and “Songs from the Second Floor”. But it is easy to compare them to his other early works, such as “A Swedish Love Story” and “Giliap”. This is the first of major three school films Roy Andersson made. All released recently by Scanbox and SFI in a dvd collection containing the best known Andersson shorts.Read More »

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