All screenings are at Rialto Cinemas on Monday nights at 6:30pmMon 2 March:
Screening: Monday 17 August, 6:30pm
Roy Andersson | Sweden | 2007 | M sex scenes
Often copied but never bettered, Roy Andersson is Sweden’s comic laureate of depression and the movies’ living master of the deadpan. Like his earlier Songs from the Second Floor, You, the Living is a series of ingeniously twisted anecdotal sketches.
The mundane miseries of modern existence are played out to uncannily funny effect through brilliant type-casting (often using non actors), arresting comic-book style composition and dead-on timing. A mordant connoisseur of drabness in architecture and interior design, Andersson conjures an urban purgatory out of the pokey, wan and non-descript. — Bill Gosden
Not one to take himself – or, indeed, the catastrophic state of life on earth today – too seriously... Andersson is a genuine one-off, and to be treasured, not least for the precision of his pacing and his studio-shot compositions, which together contrive to make the very bleakest of scenarios at once affecting and hilarious. — Geoff Andrew, Time Out
(90 minutes, In Swedish with English subtitles, 35mm)