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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #29. Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting Existence

A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting Existence

Director: Roy Andersson
Writer: Roy Andersson
Producer: Pernilla Sandström
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Nisse Vestblom, Holger Andersson

Add another “s” to Anderson, and unlike his American cousin Wes, Roy ups the ante on comedic absurdities. Working in his painterly fashion means that his output level is timed in seven years spurts…which means after 2000′s Songs from the Second Floor and 2007′s You, the Living, we might be repping our rewards. The final part of his trilogy is visually described here.

Gist: This focuses on two central characters: one is a traveling salesman and the other is slightly mentally retarded. It is the vendor who tells his friend about why society is what it is…

Release Date: Having taken his sweet time in post-production, the filmmaker dated this as a 2014 release (we thought he might have speeded up the process and ranked this last year. He’ll probably find an Un Certain Regard slot for what will likely be his last film.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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