About Endlessness trailer: Swedish director Roy Andersson tells us everything is fantastic
As the internet debates the merits of Todd Philip's Joker and the terrible danger to society it possess, other business goes on at Venice. One of the less glamorous - but no less intriguing - films to take a bow this week is Swedish director Roy Andersson's About Endlessness (Om det oändliga). If you've seen any of his previous releases, like A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence or You, The Living, you'll know what to expect. For others its an introduction to his usual cold, deadpan-funny style. Andersson has never been one to hurry his films, with this being his fourth film in 20 years, and there being a huge gap between his third film, Giliap in 1975, and his next release in 2000. At 76-years-old it's hard to know if there will be any more after this one, so the enjoy Andersson's unique voice in the trailer for About Endlessness.
His somnambulant characters float ghostlike through the detailed landscapes he and his teams construct — afraid to engage with one another or lost in grief, confusion, and metaphysical angst — with scenes often culminating in absurdist, awkward humor. These vignettes document our lack of awareness. We reduce the monumental to the quotidian or elevate the quotidian to the monumental: a pastor who has lost his faith shows up to a psychiatrist demanding a session, only to be told the office is closing and the doctor has to catch a train, while a woman’s broken shoe takes on near-tragic significance. The sense of helplessness is most evident in the recurring image, a clear reference to Chagall, of a couple floating over a bombed out city once known for its vibrant culture, suggesting everything from Dresden to Damascus. It’s a stunning visual, one that — like many of the images here — will linger long after the film ends.
About Endlessness plays at Venice and TIFF and will hopefully find distribution for the UK at some point next year.