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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

[ En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron ]

Director:Roy Andersson


Asian Premiere

10/25 17:30-   10/27 20:20-   

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100min Swedish Color | 2014 Sweden=Norway=France=Germany | Distributor in Japan : Bitters End, Inc.


Like a modern-day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two traveling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destiny.


Three meetings with death: A man dies of a heart attack in an energetic attempt to uncork a wine bottle whilst his oblivious wife continues to prepare dinner in the kitchen. An old woman on her deathbed clutches a handbag full of jewelry whilst her sons try to seize it from her desperate grip: “You’re not allowed to take this to heaven, Mother, you’ll get new jewelry in heaven…” A passenger lies dead in the cafeteria of a ferry, having just paid for his lunch. The cashier asks: “Does anyone want this? It’s free.” Winner of Golden Lion (Grand Prix) at Venice Film Festival.

Schedule & TicketData


10/25 17:30 - (100min)

Tickets ¥1300(Tax included)

Tickets (student) ¥1000 | Tickets at the Door (student) ¥500 (Tax included)



10/27 20:20 - (100min)

Tickets ¥1300(Tax included)

Tickets (student) ¥1000 | Tickets at the Door (student) ¥500 (Tax included)


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Roy Andersson

Born in 1943 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He graduated from the Swedish Film School in 1969, and his first feature, A Swedish Love Story, won four prizes at Berlin Film Festival in 1970. In 1981, he founded Studio 24 in Stockholm in order to freely produce and make his films. This is also where he developed his unique filmmaking style. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is the final chapter of his “The Living Trilogy”.

Director/Screenplay : Roy Andersson
Producer : Pernilla Sandström
Cinematographer : István Borbás, Gergely Pálos
Editor : Alexandra Strauss

Nils Westblorn
Holger Andersson

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