Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Swedish comedy-drama A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, the latest from helmer Roy Andersson (A Swedish Love Story). The deadpan, absurdist comedy marks the third installment in Andersson’s “Living” trilogy after his 2000 film Sånger från andra våningen (Songs From The Second Floor) and 2007’s Du levande (You, The Living). In it, two traveling salesmen peddling novelty items wander through a series of darkly comic vignettes on their way to a shop called “Party.” Andersson took home the Golden Lion at Venice with A Pigeon…, which will be presented by Darren Aronofsky and Alejandro González Iñárritu when Magnolia opens it next year.
“We were swept away by the humor, beauty, and sheer originality of this film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “For admirers of Roy Andersson, a new film from him is a true cinematic gift. For people that haven’t experienced his films before, A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence is a terrific place to start.”
Magnolia’s Director of Acquisitions John Von Thaden negotiated the deal with Olimpia Pont Cháfer, Head of Sales at Coproduction Office.
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