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Directed by Roy Andersson

Sweden 2014 100 mins.

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Andersson’s new film mirrors a bird’s panoramic perspective of the world and shares the fear of a coming apocalypse should humans choose not to intervene. Specifically, the bird watches two comedic traveling salesmen peddling unusual novelty items. Other characters appear in numerous vignettes that explore a wide range of topics, from the serious (the immediacy of death) to the mundane (repeating phrases in phone conversations). Naturally, Andersson finds humor in all of his scenarios, each a reminder that things could be worse. “A mixture of absurdist, hilariously deadpan humor, shock, and utter horror.”—Toronto International Film Festival. “Why would anyone write about a Roy Andersson film? You might as well dance about a cake.”—The Daily Telegraph



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