Roy AnderssonMartin Serner, Jessica Louthander, Tatiana Delaunay, Anders Hellström
Sweden, Germany, Norway / 2019 / Swedish / 76 minutes / Color
The poignant contemplation of human life in A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (39th) is elegantly distilled in this infinite tragicomedy, for which Roy Andersson was awarded Best Director at Venice. Opening with a Chagallesque couple flying over war-torn Cologne, inconsequential dreamlike moments follow, guided by an angelic voice murmuring observations on life’s ennui and human foibles. Simultaneously a lament and an ode of lost souls, the film is achingly beautiful with a profound humanity.