The Best Of Roy Andersson

With the release of the documentary portrait ‘Being a Human Being’ and his upcoming final film ‘About Endlessness’, Curzon Home Cinema celebrates the cinema of Swedish auteur Roy Andersson. There is nothing quite like the films of Roy Andersson. They would be bleak if they weren’t so funny. And that humour might seem misplaced if it wasn’t so integral to the way that Andersson views the world. In his home country, he built his reputation on a successful career in advertising, skewering everyday life as he sold products or delivered public information announcements. (Even Ingmar Bergman made TV ads at one point in his career – for Bris soap in the 1950s – but they feel disconnected from his film work, whereas Andersson’s career forms a cogent whole.) He had success with his feature debut ‘A Swedish Love Story’, a realistic portrait of young love. But it was the arrival of ‘Songs from the Second Floor’ in 2000 that Andersson’s international reputation was cemented. It forged the style that has informed his subsequent work: mordantly funny, sometimes hilarious, often surreal and otherworldly. Yet through its series of vignettes and beautifully composed tableaux, Andersson’s work says more about the way we live our lives than most other contemporary directors.

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