Roy Andersson

31.03.1943, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Director
Andersson is a Swedish director and screenwriter. He graduated from the Swedish Film Institute in 1968. After a few short films and the medium length Saturday October 5th (Lördagen den 5.10, 1969) he made his first feature film A Swedish Love Story (En kärlekshistoria, 1970), a story about two teenagers in love, which was popular with critics and audiences alike. His next film, the crime drama Giliap (1975), was not well accepted by critics and it failed in theatres. Therefore, it was hard for the director to find producers for his next project and he turned to directing commercials. In 1981, he founded his own production house Studio 24 for which he made all his later films: the short feature films Something Happened (Någonting har hänt, 1987) and World of Glory (Härlig är jorden, 1991), as well as feature dramas Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen, 2000) and You, the Living (Du levande, 2007).

Filmography


Films by this director

You, the Living

(Du levande, Sweden, 2007)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gustav Danielsson
Synopsis:

This is a film without a classic plot, which, through many episodes and different characters, deals with human existence. Through stories about an overweight egocentric girl, a resigned psychiatrist, a fan in love with her idol, a businessman traveling to a meeting, a robber and other characters, the film shows human behavior, worries, love, joy, dreams and everything else that makes us who we are.

color, DCP, 95 min

World of Glory

(Härlig är jorden, Sweden, 1992)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: István Borbás
Synopsis:

Nakon gotovo dvadesetogodišnje pauze Andersson se vratio filmu ovim kratkometražnim remek-djelom, koje ujedno označava i svojevrsno rođenje, odnosno definiranje njegova jedinstvena, prepoznatljiva stila, u kojem sredovječni muškarac gleda izravno u kameru i pripovijeda gledatelju svoj vlastiti život.

color, DCP, 14'

Something Has Happened

(Någonting har hänt, Sweden, 1993)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: István Borbás
Synopsis:

Kontroverzni kratkometražni film o AIDS-u koji je Roy Andersson snimio po narudžbi švedskog ministarstva zdravstva. Film je kasnije povučen zbog satiričnih dijelova u kojima Andersson komentira rasizam kroz lik liječnika koji za AIDS drži odgovorne ljude crne boje kože.

color, DCP, 24'

Songs from the Second Floor

(Sånger från andra våningen, Sweden, 2000)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: István Borbás, Jesper Klevenås
Synopsis:

Film has both English and Croatian subtitles.

color, DCP, 98'

Giliap

(Sweden, 1975)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: John Olsson
Synopsis:

Drugo dugometražno ostvarenje Roya Anderssona, o tragičnom ljubavnom trokutu između radnika jednog hotelskog restorana u malome gradu. Unatoč velikim očekivanjima nakon uspješnog prvijenca,  Giliap je naišao, dijelom zbog naglašene stilizacije i zaokreta ka mračnijim temama, na veoma loš prijem i kod kritike i kod publike, te se redatelj odlučio povući iz svijeta filma i posvetiti snimanju reklama.

color, DCP, 140'

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

(En duva satt på gren och funderade på tillvaron, Sweden, 2014)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: István Borbás, Gergely Pálos
Synopsis:

Nadrealna crnohumorna komedija u kojoj kroz 39 sekvenci pratimo dvojicu trgovačkih putnika koji putuju s kovčegom punim besmislenih artikala, zaokružila je Anderssonovu neformalnu trilogiju o uvjetima ljudskog bivanja. Nagrade: Zlatni lav na filmskom festivalu u Veneciji 2014; Europska filmska nagrada za komediju 2015; nominacija za najbolji film i režiju na dodjeli Europske filmske nagrade 2015.

color, DCP, 101'

A Swedish Love Story

(En kärlekshistoria, Sweden, 1970)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jörgen Persson
Synopsis:

Film has both English and Croatian subtitles.

color, DCP, 115'

About Endlessness

(Om det oändliga, Sweden, Germany, Norway, 2019)

Directed by: Roy Andersson
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gergely Pálos
Synopsis:

The new feat of cult Swedish director Roy Andersson is a humorous, yet melancholic kaleidoscope of stories on the beauty, cruelty and banality of existence. Reminiscent of Scheherezade’s tales, the narrator takes us on a journey through dreamlike landscape populated by lost souls in search of sincere human contact. About Endlessness is Andersson’s first film since completing his award-winning “Living Trilogy” (Songs from the Second Floor, You, the Living) with A Pigeon Sa...

color, 76'
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