Previously at the ICA - Films
24 Apr 2015 – 28 Jun 2015
★★★★ "Hilarious, heartbreaking and horrifying." The Observer
★★★★★ "Heaven." The Telegraph
Swedish auteur Roy Andersson won the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Film Festival with this laugh-or-cry-out-loud masterpiece, the long-awaited final instalment in his trilogy on what it means to be a human (after Songs From the Second Floor and You the Living).
Nominally following two hopeless travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, we visit numerous tableaux peopled by characters variously, and often hilariously, disconnected from any reality but their own. As ever, Andersson’s camera remains static and at a respectful distance from his subjects, his tones bathed in pastel colours. Details only just in frame rivet our imagination, the plaintive song of a bar owner chills our spines and diverse but interconnected themes including loneliness, financial insecurity and human survival somehow roll into one glorious celebration of meaningful absurdity.
A Pigeon sat on a Branch reflecting on Existence, dir. Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/Germany/France 2014, 100 mins., Swedish with English subtitles.
Contains disturbing images.
We are pleased to exhibit A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence with a small selection of adverts from director Roy Andersson before the main feature. Shown here for the first time outside of Sweden, these exhibit his signature style and humour.
The feature will then start following a selection of trailers and information relevant to the ICA programme. All films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.
Please note that there will be no trailers shown before the main feature on 16 May.