The Roy Andersson Collection Blu-ray
Starring Jessika Lundberg, Elisabeth Helander, Bjorn Englund, Leif Larsson, Olle Olson, Birgitta Persson, Stefan Larsson, Rolando Nunez, Lucio Vucina, Per Jörnelius, Peter Roth, Ann-Sofie Kylin, Rolf Sohlman, Anita Lindblom, Bertil Norstrom, Lennart Tellfelt, Holger Andersson, Nils Wesblom, Viktor Gyllenberg
Directed by Roy Andersson
Collection of four existential comedy dramas from Swedish director Roy Andersson.
His debut feature 'A Swedish Love Story' (1970), charts the relationship that develops between Stockholm teenagers Annika (Ann-Sofie Kylin) and Par (Rolf Sohlman) after meeting at a family gathering in the countryside at the height of summer.
The two youngsters carve out their own passion-infused reality, oblivious to the disillusionment and social tensions of the world around them.
In the Cannes Special Jury Prize-winner 'Songs from the Second Floor' (2000), a man burns down his furniture store, a huge traffic jam clogs the city's streets, hordes of people arrive at the airport with their possessions piled high on luggage trolleys and respectable businessmen congregate to sacrifice a young girl.
Proceeding from one absurd scenario to the next, the vision of a society coming apart at the seams follows a selection of characters searching for meaning in their lives. 'You, the Living' (2007) explores the 'grandeur of existence' in fifty surreal short sketches.
Following a group including a teacher, carpenter, thief and psychiatrist the story explores the humanity and common threads that link their everyday lives. 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence' (2014) consists of twelve self-contained vignettes and follows characters including Jonathan (Holger Andersson) and Sam (Nils Wesblom), two travelling salesmen who make a living selling joke products.
Their stock is limited, however, as they only have three lacklustre items for sale: vampire teeth, canned laughter and a rubber mask, which they take from shop to shop whilst struggling to obtain orders.
Meanwhile, King Karl XII of Sweden (Viktor Gyllenberg) rides into a bar to procure the barman's services in the war against Russia.
- Format: Blu-ray
- Region: B
- Certification: (15)
- EAN: 5021866171401
- Catalogue number: ART171BD
- Studio: Artificial Eye
- Release date: 13/07/2015
- Genre: Drama
- Colour: Colour