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Directed by Roy Andersson

Sweden 2000 98 mins.

Anderson won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this first part of a “trilogy about being a human being.” Consisting of 60 vignettes set in a post-industrial, post-religious society, the quirky characters include the likes of a magician accidentally bisecting an audience member, a boy who cannot stop writing poetry, and a man who torches his furniture shop to start a new business selling crucifixes. In Andersson’s bleakly funny and brilliantly visioned film, these and other unrelated scenarios depict a place that is unraveling and characters who are giving up hope. “You have never seen a film like this before. You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it.”—Roger Ebert.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.