Roy Andersson’s new film to be screened in Toronto

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From A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. Photo: Roy Andersson Filmproduktion.

Last week saw Swedish director Roy Andersson’s new film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence announced as one of the competitors for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. Today, The Toronto International Film Festival announced Andersson’s new film will be screened in their masters section, with the latest from the world's most influential art-house filmmakers. Variety lists The Toronto Film Festival second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars and market activity.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron) tells the story of two men who travel around and sell party novelties. Through them, a breathtaking existence is presented, jumping between past, present and future, and between reality and fantasy, while a series of fascinating characters cross their path. The film is produced by Pernilla Sandström for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, and is co-produced by Société Parisienne de Production (France), 4½ (Norway) and Essential Film Production (Germany). The film has received funding from the Swedish Film Institute, film commissioner Suzanne Glansborg. The international sales agent is Coproduction Office.
Roy Andersson is one of the most important Swedish film directors of all time. His first feature, A Swedish Love Story (En kärlekshistoria, 1970) set a new standard for psychological realism, subtle dark humour and visual narrative – things that have characterized Andersson’s style ever since, not least in the acclaimed Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen, 2000). The Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented a retrospective of Andersson's work in September 2009.  The long-anticipated A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is the first film in seven years for Andersson, a notorious perfectionist and true auteur.
For more information and interview requests, please contact Eva Esseen Arndorff/TriArt, Swedish distributor, cell phone +46 734 176552, e-mail For more information regarding Sweden’s participation in the Toronto International Film Festival, please contact Pia Lundberg, Head of the International Department at the Swedish Film Institute, cell phone +46 706 927980, e-mail

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