SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (2000) - Deadpan Season

  • dir. ROY ANDERSSON
  • cast. LARS NORDH, STEFAN LARSSON, BENGT C.W. CARLSSON, TORBJÖRN FAHLSTRÖM, STEN ANDERSSON
  • year. 2000
  • country. SWEDEN
  • run-time. 99min
  • rating. 15

£5.00 (£3.50 conc.)

Doors 6:30PM - Film 7:00PM


Set at the dawning of the new millenium, this original comedy from the brilliantly offbeat worldview of Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson (You, the Living; A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) is an indescribably surrealistic examination of modern life in a unnamed city that has ground to a halt and teems with directionless people teetering on the brink of madness. Through a series of interconnected comic vignettes, all marked by absurd black humour, the film's characters bear witness to an utterly motionless traffic jam, the pathetic firing of a 30-year employee, a magic trick gone horribly wrong, and the failed business ventures of a crucifix salesman. Described by critic J. Hoberman as slapstick Ingmar Bergman, the film recalls such visionaries as Samuel Beckett and Luis Bunuel, as perplexing as it is hilarious.

Scenes from the apocalypse... the coolest comedy in town
— Time Out
Remarkable... the climactic set-piece has to be one of the most extraordinary moments in modern cinema
— The Guardian

Also showing in this season: Katzelmacher, Stranger than Paradise, Drifting Clouds, Duck Season