Roy Andersson

Roy Andersson

Still: About Endlessness

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.


(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)

More info: Wikipedia, Roy Andersson

Roy Andersson at IFFR