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Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Rigorously staged vignettes in such striking settings as a furniture store, an airport, and a seemingly endless traffic jam build off of one another in Roy Andersson’s singular feature from 2000, which reckons with the melancholic norms and anomalies of the modern world. Through a diverse cross-section of Swedish life—including an office worker, an immigrant, an arsonist, and a magician—Andersson finds humanistic pathos through what he has referred to as “the complex image,” a tableau aesthetic designed to instigate social criticism via static long shots and layered compositions. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
“There’s no one like Roy Andersson. A series of unforgettable, sad, beautiful, moving paintings we can’t wait to put on the big screen.”—Daniels