A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence at the EU Film Festival in Vancouver

The 18th Annual European Film Festival in Vancouver runs from November 27 - December 9.

The latest jaw-dropping wonder from singular Swede Roy Andersson won the Golden Lion at Venice last year and is Sweden’s submission to next year’s Oscars. Composed of 37 comic vignettes, the film follows sad-sack salesmen Sam and Jonathan, door-to-door peddlers of cheap novelty items. Set-pieces include an anachronistic appearance by Charles XII, Sweden’s early-18th-century ruler, and the most astonishing representation of Western colonialism, imperialism, and racism you’ll ever encounter in the cinema. Pigeon forms a triptych of sorts — “a trilogy on being a human being” —with Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living, Andersson’s previous two features, and serves up the same marvellous, visionary, Monty-Python-meets-Ingmar-Bergman mix of absurdist humour, apocalyptic angst, and exquisitely-composed visual tableaux.

Time: 8:30 pm

Location: Cinémateque, 1131 Howe St. Vancouver

Read more on the festival website.

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