Director Roy Andersson will premiere his new film About Endlessness at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The film, which is a Swedish-Norwegian-German co-production, will compete in the festivals most prestigious section: Competition.
In 2014 Roy Andersson competed in the same section with A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, which won the top prize – a Golden Lion. With About Endlessness Andersson adds to his cinematic oeuvre with a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.
– Venice is the oldest film festival in the world, I’m proud to be part of that tradition. This is my sixth feature film, I think it is my best one, says Roy Andersson.
We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherezade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner of war camp.
Simultaneously an ode and a lament, About Endlessness presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.
– I want to emphasize the beauty of being a human, of being alive, and in order to show that you need to have a contrast, to also show the ugly side. This film is about the endlessness of the signs of existence, the director concludes.
About Endlessness is Roy Anderssons first feature since 2014, when A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence was awarded the Golden Lion in Venice. Earlier, in 1971, director Ingmar Bergman was honored with a Golden Lion for lifetime achievements, but this was the first time ever for a Swedish film to win the prize.
Although recognized with A Love Story already in 1970, Roy Andersson has made only six feature films, including About Endlessness. Between 1975 and 2000 the director took a long break and made a number of award winning shorts, as well as several memorable commercials.
About Endlessness is produced by Pernilla Sandström and Johan Carlsson, Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB in co-production with 4 ½ Fiksjon AS, Essential Films, Parisienne de Production, Sveriges Television AB, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte and Film Capital Stockholm.
The film has had financial support by The Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages Council of Europe, Nordic Film and TV fund, The Norwegian Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. About Endlessness is distributed in Sweden by TriArt Film.
The 76th Venice International Film Festival is held between August 28th and September 7th, 2019.
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