A film by Roy Andersson
Opens TIFF Bell Lightbox, June 12, 2015
Films We Like is thrilled to present the Canadian release of Roy Andersson’s new film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, which premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film.
Like a modern day 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, life’s grandeur, the pettiness of others, the humour and tragedy that is within us, and the frailty of humanity.
Variety calls it “a master class in comic timing, employing pacing and repetition with the skill of a practiced concert pianist.”
Roy Andersson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. His debut feature, A Swedish Love Story (1970), won four awards at Berlin. He went on a twenty-five-year hiatus from feature filmmaking after the release of his second film, Giliap (1975), directing commercials and shorts. His recent features are Songs from the Second Floor (2000), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and You, the Living (2007).
About Films We Like
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Recent releases include Force Majeure, Finding Vivian Maier, and the Academy Award-winner Ida.