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Three men in suits in a bombed out building, with one sitting on a overstuffed armchair

Film

Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen)

CTC

26 Oct - 2 Nov

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, Songs from the Second Floor marked Roy Andersson’s return to feature films after a 25-year hiatus where he exclusively made short films and commercials. Long inspired by the work of Peruvian poet César Vallejo, Andersson used this film to pay homage to Vallejo’s ode ‘Stumble Between Two Stars’.

  • Played out in a series of vignettes, Songs From the Second Floor brings Andersson’s wonderfully deadpan sense of humour to the screen. Set at the turn of the millennium, the film opens with the line, ‟Beloved be the one who sits down”. Ostensibly a cinematic exploration of a father and his son, the film is laced with lines from Vallejo’s poem recited in dialogue or acted out in unconnected scenes. 

    In a city clogged with an unexplainable traffic jam and ghosts who haunt the living, Songs From the Second Floor is awash with unforgettable images that are haunting and hilarious in equal measure.

    One of contemporary cinema’s most unique voices, Roy Andersson began making films in the late 1960s. His first feature,  A Swedish Love Story (1970), was a hit and was quickly followed by Giliap (1975). 

    When he decided to return to feature films in 2000, Andersson was in the enviable position of running a successful self-funded production house, Studio 24, in Stockholm. From this base he conceives his distinctive filmic worlds by crafting each scene and set from scratch to produce his unique and unforgettable films.