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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.