Absurdly Human: The Films of Roy Andersson – A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

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Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Andersson’s new film mirrors a bird’s panoramic perspective of the world and shares the fear of a coming apocalypse should humans choose not to intervene. Specifically, the bird watches two comedic traveling salesmen peddling unusual novelty items. Other characters appear in numerous vignettes that explore a wide range of topics, from the serious (the immediacy of death) to the mundane (repeating phrases in phone conversations). Naturally, Andersson finds humor in all of his scenarios, each a reminder that things could be worse. “A mixture of absurdist, hilariously deadpan humor, shock, and utter horror.”—Toronto International Film Festival. “Why would anyone write about a Roy Andersson film? You might as well dance about a cake.”—The Daily Telegraph. (100 mins.)

 

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE screens Friday, July 17 at 7pm and 9pm, Saturday, July 18 at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm, and Sunday, July 19 at 2pm and 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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