A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Swedish director Roy Andersson won't register in any film buff's immediate memory except for his 1970 teenage romance flick A Swedish Love Story. It might not help that the filmmaker's only made about five films in forty years (a pace slower than Terrence Malick, who's made six films in forty years). Yet in his limited filmography, Anderson's films are marked by an absurdist, meditative style that draws inspiration from canonical filmmakers like Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini. His latest work A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence swept up the Venice Film Festival awards and indulges in a thoroughly comedic and existential storyline with only two characters. The film is the third in Andersson's trilogy of “living” films, but you can enjoy this unconventional flick well on its own.

July 17-23, 2015

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