Two world-weary men on a sales trip selling joke items provide an insight into a chaotic world of the present, past and future; a world of dreams and fantasies. Diverse lives and circumstances are paraded before us, reminding us both of the grandeur of life and the vulnerability of man
Roy Andersson takes his time. In 2000, he made international waves with “Songs From The Second Floor,” but it took seven more years for his next effort, “You, The Living,” to arrive. And now, another seven years has passed and he’s finally back and headed to Venice with “A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence.”
Holger Andersson and Nisse Vestblom are among the cast for the director’s latest, which the first images already reveal to be pretty visually striking. We’ll leave what he’s got coming to the official synopsis followed by his Note Of Intent: 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 consists of a bird’s panoramic view of the human condition, in which the bird not only reflects on human existence but also worries deeply about it, as I do myself. The pigeon is astonished that humans do not see an approaching apocalypse, though it is in man’s ability to avoid destroying the future for themselves. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch shows the looming apocalypse and offers the possibility to believe in our capacity to avoid it. Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence will compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st edition of Venice Film Festival
“For me it is an honour to show my film in Venice, considering the fact that Italy has originated so many innovative and unforgettable masterpieces in the history of cinema, by such directors as Vittorio De Sica, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini, to name a few. In my opinion, De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves is still unsurpassed,” said Andersson.