What do exground filmfest and the MoMA in New York have in common? Let me tell you: both honour the ingenious, weird, and lover of the bizarre Roy Andersson and his short and feature films, render homage to him and present nearly his complete body of work. This happened lately in New York, and now happens here! We are proud to be able to show the whole scope of this exceptional Swedish director.
Apart from his (only) four feature films up to now – EINE SCHWEDISCHE LIEBESGESCHICHTE; GILIAP; SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, and DAS JÜNGSTE GEWITTER – his short films and a mini selection from more than 300 commercials will be presented: ROY ANDERSSON SHORTS.
But that’s not all – the retrospective is rounded off by the documentary TOMORROW ’S ANOTHER DAY: not a film by, but about Roy Andersson. In an interview on DAS JÜNGSTE GEWITTER, Andersson answered the question wether there is still a light on the horizon in such a dark world with the following: "You know, if you describe the blackness of our existence, then this doesn’t necessarily equal hopelessness."
He might be the only director in the world working so obsessively with fixed settings: the camera dictates the rigid frame, and only the persons move through the perspectively unchanged room – a work method inspired by his early work as a director of commercials. His visions as a filmmaker are based on real early experiences though: he considered “Laurel and Hardy“ to be both sad and funny. And exactly this two-fold emotional world has been the home of Andersson’s bizarre comedians until now. We advise you to not miss these experiences!
The ingenious commercials that made Roy Andersson one the most coveted commercial film directors in the world, are shown as opening films before TOMORROW 'S A NOTHER DAY.