Songs from the Second Floor

  • 99'
  • Sweden
  • 2000

One evening, somewhere in our hemisphere, a strange series of events take place: a clerk is made redundant in a degrading manner, an immigrant is violently attacked in the street, and a magician makes a disastrous mess of his act. In the midst of this mayhem, one person stands out: it is Karl, and his face is covered in ashes. He has just put a match to his furniture store, to get the insurance money. No one gets a wink of sleep that night.

The next day, the signs of pending chaos are starting to be felt as the madness grips a board of directors, and the city itself is paralysed by a horrendous traffic jam. While everyone is losing it at the beginning of the millennium, Karl is gradually becoming conscious of the absurdity of the world and realises just how difficult it is to be human.

From March 1996 to the spring of 2000, Roy Andersson worked on Songs from the Second Floor. The film won the Grand Prix du Jury at the Cannes film festival.


Director
Roy Andersson
Country of production
Sweden
Production Year
2000
Festival Edition
IFFR 2001
Length
99'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Sånger från andra våningen
Language
Swedish
Producers
Lisa Alwert, Roy Andersson, Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB
Sales
Coproduction Office
Screenplay
Roy Andersson
Cinematography
István Borbás, Jesper Klevenås
Editor
Roy Andersson
Music
Benny Andersson, Göran Arnberg
Cast
Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Torbjörn Fahlström, Sten Andersson, Rolando Núñez, Lucio Vucina
Local Distributor
Eye Filmmuseum