Program
Director: Roy Andersson
2019
Sweden, Germany, Norway
76 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“delicious, odd and utterly unlike anything else; a film that makes the humdrum seem unique and the banal otherworldly.” (The Guardian)

A new Roy Andersson film! Anybody who has seen Songs from the Second Floor, You, the Living, or A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting on Existence will be excited right now. He is the most distinctive (some would say the best) filmmaker in the world right now with his unmistakable deadpan humour based around short tableaux that simultaneously celebrate and skewer the absurdity of the human condition. And no one constructs images like Andersson. They contain spaces that are simple, yet wonderfully complex. Each shot unfurls as an adventure, where you don’t know where to look next. There are a few narrative threads here (a priest who has lost his faith, a pair of lovers hovering over a ruined city) but you come out of a Roy Andersson film strangely invigorated. Yes, humanity may be a failed enterprise, but if you learn to look at the world with fresh eyes, it is still something marvellous.

“If we’ve been here before, the immaculate, somehow tender-hearted execution of About Endlessness ensures this is not a complaint.” (Variety)

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Contemporary World Cinema, Curiouser and Curiouser
Language Swedish
Subtitles English
Director Roy Andersson
Producer Pernilla Sandström, Johan Carlsson
Screenwriters Roy Andersson
Cinematographer Gergely Pálos
Accolades Venice, Best Director, 2019; Dublin Film Critics Award, Best Director, 2019
Genre Avant-garde, Black Comedy, Surreal