The third installment in a trilogy from new Swish director Roy Andersson entitled “A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence” has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures. The film premiered in Venice, where it garnered the top accolade at the festival before its showing in North America at TIFF.
Per Magnolia Film’s synopsis, “Full of deadpan humor, absurdist comedy and at times shockingly powerful imagery, ‘A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence’ is a wholly original film comprised of darkly comic vignettes that are tied together through the misadventures of Sam and Jonathan, traveling salesmen peddling novelty items, in search of an a shop called “Party.” As they wander through the town, the scenarios that surround take the viewer on a trip that shows the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humor and tragedy that is in us, and life’s grandeur, as well as the frailty of humanity.”
Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles explains the choice: “We were swept away by the humor, beauty, and sheer originality of this film. For admirers of Roy Andersson, a new film from him is a true cinematic gift. For people that haven’t experiences his films before, ‘A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence’ is a terrific place to start.”
You can also start with Andersson’s previous installments of his acclaimed trilogy “Songs from the Second Floor” and “You the Living.”
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Director of John Von Thaden with Olimpia Pont Cháfer, Head of Sales at Coproduction Office. Magnolia hopes for a release in 2015.