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Roy Andersson

Roy ANDERSSON (1943, Sweden) is a writer, cinematographer, producer, and filmmaker. In 1969, he graduated from the Swedish Film School. The following year, he made his first feature film, A Swedish Love Story (1970), which won four prizes at the Berlin Film Festival.
Andersson’s second feature film Giliap (1975) premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1976. He then took an extended break from filmmaking and became a successful commercials director, enabling him to establish Studio 24 in Stockholm in 1981.
He began filming Songs from the Second Floor in his studio in 1996 and won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. It was the first chapter of The Living Trilogy, which was followed up in 2007 with You, the Living, selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes. In 2009, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held an exhibition of his work, to celebrate his distinctive filmmaking style, characterised by stationary shots, meticulously conceived tableaux, absurdist comedy and an essential humanity. Fifteen years in the making, his film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. About Endlessness (2019) premiered at Venice Film Festival in 2019. In 2020, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at Odessa International Film Festival.

Filmography

(selection) Besöka sin son (1967, short), Den vita sporten/The White Game (1968, short), Hämta en cykel (1968, short), Lördagen den 5.10 (1969, short), En kärlekshistoria/A Swedish Love Story (1970), Giliap (1975), Någonting har hänt/Something Happened (1987, short), Härlig är jorden/World of Glory (1991, short), Sånger från andra våningen/Songs from the Second Floor (2000), Du levande/You, the Living (2007), A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014), Om det oändliga/About Endlessness (2019)

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Roy Andersson at IFFR

  • World of Glory

    Portrait of a world that is anything but glorious. A series of tableaux with a famous nightmarish opening scene. First film in the project ’90 minutes

    • main programme
  • World of Glory

    Portrait of a world that is anything but glorious. A series of tableaux with a famous nightmarish opening scene. First film in the project ’90 minutes

    • main programme short
  • You, the Living

    Shot following the same inexchangeable, picturesquely beautiful procedure as Andersson’s previous masterpiece Songs from the Second Floor. The new one

    • Kings & Aces
  • Songs from the Second Floor

    In 47 scenes, Roy Andersson exposes the absurdity of modern man. Awarded the Grand Prix de Jury at Cannes.

    • Roy Andersson focus
  • A Swedish Love Story

    Début film by Andersson from 1969 was a great success at the time, and is still a vital, sharp and captivating story about juvenile love and the terri

    • Roy Andersson focus
  • Lördagen den 5.10

    In 1967, at the age of 24, Andersson was admitted to the filmschool of the Swedist Film Institute, founded in 1963, run by Harry Schein and obviously influenced by Ingmar Bergman. Andersson went his own way and that resulted in him working on the famous Den vita sporten in the spring of 1968. In the […]

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  • World of Glory

    Portrait of a world that is anything but glorious. A series of tableaux with a famous nightmarish opening scene. First film in the project ’90 minutes

    • Roy Andersson focus
  • Den vita sporten

    Committed film by a Swedish collective (including Roy Andersson) motivated by the David-Cup tennis tournament between Sweden and Zimbabwe in 1968.

    • Roy Andersson focus
  • Giliap

    Andersson’s second work is a stylised film about Giliap, who works as a waiter in a dubious hotel and becomes entangled between his love for the beaut

    • Roy Andersson focus
  • Besöka sin son

    See: Lördagen den 5.10

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