About Endlessness trailer: Swedish director Roy Andersson tells us everything is fantastic

The director’s first film in 5 years premières at Venice

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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.

The film is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner-of-war camp. Simultaneously an ode and a lament, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.

About Endlessness will play in theatres and on demand from September 18.

Steven Sheehan

Updated: Sep 02, 2019


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