A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

  • 101'
  • Sweden
  • 2014
The title of Roy Andersson's latest, Golden Lion-winning masterpiece is inspired by Pieter Breughel de Oude's 1556 The Hunters in the Snow: The maestro wondered what the birds in the painting see and might make of the strange creatures we call humans, their (mis)deeds and (mis)adventures. Like all good Surrealists, Andersson tries to look at life on Earth as if it were a civilization three solar systems away - only he actually is in the habit of building eerie, hyperrealist studio-reproductions of our world that simply look and feel alien. So he just needs to stare, with each scene a table barely vivant.
There actually is a pigeon here, in the beginning: a stuffed one, so past wondering; some zombie-like-looking human gawks at it in seemingly dull incomprehension. The film's anti-heroes, a pair of salesmen specialising in novelties like vampire teeth (with extra-long fangs!) are met by similar gazes wherever they go.
Director
Roy Andersson
Countries of production
Sweden, Norway, France, Germany
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
101'
Medium
DCP
Original title
En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron
Language
Swedish
Producer
Pernilla Sandström
Production Company
Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB
Sales
Coproduction Office
Screenplay
Roy Andersson
Cinematography
István Borbás, Gergely Pálos
Editor
Alexandra Strauss
Production Design
Ulf Jonsson, Julia Tegström, Nicklas Nilsson, Sandra Parment, Isabel Sjöstrand
Sound Design
Robert Hefter
Cast
Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom
Local Distributor
Lumière
Website
http://royandersson.com