Roy Andersson

Sweden, Germany, Norway, 2019 / 76 min / Swedish OV with French or English subt. / drama

A poetic and melancholic take on the human existence in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.

A reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by a disembodied feminine voice of a Scheherazade-esque narrator through a series of vignettes presenting both past and present. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a café; a defeated army marches to a prisoner of war camp. Absurdity and loss, pain and joy, sadness and comedy bring forth the kaleidoscopic experience of life, thus emphasising nothing but the raw matter of existence.

Simultaneously an ode and a lament, About Endlessness presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.

Sat 07/03 21:15 Ciné Utopia SE OV with FR subt. Public
Sun 08/03 19:00 Cinémathèque SE OV with EN subt. Public
Sat 14/03 11:00 Cinémathèque SE OV with EN subt. Public

“Swedish maestro Roy Andersson’s unique blend of pared-down mournful comedy continues with this series of 35-odd cinematic fragments. Swedish director Roy Andersson has been so consistently committed to honing down his unique brand of melancholic tragicomedy that even Samuel Beckett would have to tip his hat to him in mournful admiration.” Jonathan Romney, ScreenDaily, 03/09/2019

“Delicious, odd […]; a film that makes the humdrum seem unique and the banal otherworldly.” Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 03/09/19

“Roy Andersson’s Brief and Brilliant Vision of Eternity […] this is a movie that’s more than the sum of its parts. The scenes here rely on each other in a way that even the interconnected skits in Andersson’s other work never have. The immediacy of each new moment reinforces the pointlessness of the one that came before it. […] About Endlessness is a lens that clarifies the amorphous period in between, when the full scope of existence is somehow beautiful and terrible all at once." David Ehrlich, IndieWire, 03/09/19

"A clear-eyed and stirring social realism that's excitingly in tune with humanity's most obscure desires and tendencies" David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 03/09/19

“Short, bittersweet and exquisitely imagined, Roy Andersson's latest compilation of mordant existential sketches finds him on familiar turf, and that's fine. […] The everyday tension between concerns both sublime and the prosaic, if not outright ridiculous, is a constant in About Endlessness; repeatedly, Andersson wryly invites us to consider the uncanny, inexplicable blind spots that disrupt nominally ordinary life.” Guy Lodge, Variety, 03/09/2019

  • Best Set Design, Guldbagge Awards, 2020 (Sweden)
  • Best European Visual Effects Supervisor, European Film Awards, 2019 (Germany)
  • Silver Lion for the Best Director, Venice Film Festival, 2019 (Italy)
Cast & Credits
Martin Serner, Jessica Louthander, Tatiana Delaunay, Anders Hellström, Jan-Eje Ferling, Bengt Bergius, Thore Flygel
Roy Andersson
Gergely Pálos
Robert Hefter
Anders Hellström, Frida E. Elmström, Nicklas Nilsson
Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, Essential Films, 4 ½ Fiksjon

Film director Roy Andersson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1943. After graduating from the Stockholm Film School in 1969, he directed his first feature film A Swedish Love Story (1970), winning four awards at the Berlin Film Festival. His second feature, “Giliap” (1975), premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Following “Giliap”, he took an extended break from filmmaking and became a successful director of commercials and established his Studio 24 in Stockholm in 1981. His comeback film, Songs from the Second Floor (2000), ended up winning the Jury Prize in Cannes and was resoundingly lauded by critics. Songs from the Second Floor was the first entry of his “Living Trilogy” which was completed by You, The Living (2007) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) which won the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice Film Festival. In 2009, the MoMA in New York held an exhibition of Andersson’s work, celebrating his distinctive filmmaking style. His latest film, About Endlessness (2019), premiered in Venice where it won the Silver Lion for Best Direction.

  • 2019 – Om det oändliga
  • 2014 – En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron
  • 2007 – Du levande
  • 2000 – Sånger från andra våningen
  • 1993 – Någonting har hänt (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1991 – Härlig är jorden (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1980 – Tryggare kan ingen vara (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1979 – Så fruktansvärt onödigt (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 1975 – “Giliap"
  • 1970 – En kärleks historia
  • 1969 – Lördagen den 5.10 (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1968 – Hämta en cykel (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1968 – Den vita sporten (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 1967 – Besöka sin son (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)