“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” winner of the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Film Festival and beloved by Darren Aronofsky and Alejandro González Iñárritu, has finally landed US distribution. (Trailer below.)
Master filmmaker Roy Andersson is Sweden’s answer to Jacques Tati, a director who revels in arch, elaborate set pieces and thoughtfully choreographed absurdist comedy. “A Pigeon” rounds out a trilogy of films that started with “Songs from the Second Floor” and “You the Living.”
Here’s the synopsis: “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” is 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.
TOH!’s Tom Christie calls the film “a series of painterly, often inter-connected tableaux showing ‘what it’s like to be a human.'” Expect a stateside theatrical premiere in 2015.