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About Endlessness
Original title:
Om det oändliga
Slovenian title:
O neskončnosti
Section:
AVANTPREMIERES
Country, year:
Sweden, Germany, Norway, 2019
Length:
78
Directed by:
Roy Andersson
Screenplay:
Roy Andersson
Cinematography:
Gergely Pálos
Music:
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Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Swedish
Voting code:
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Cast:
Martin Serner (duhovnik), Jessica Louthander (pripovedovalka), Tatiana Delaunay in Anders Hellström (leteci par), Jan Eje Ferling (moški na stopnicah), Bengt Bergius (psihiater), Thore Flygel (zobozdravnik)
Awards:
Venice 2019 (Best Director), Toronto 2019

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Description:
A reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality. Winner of Venice Film Festival's Best Director Award.
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.

"I wanted to emphasize the beauty of existence, of being alive. But of course, to get that, you need to have a contrast. You need to show the bad side, the cruel side of existence. Looking at art history, for example, a lot of paintings are very tragic. But even if they depict cruel and sad scenes, by painting them the artists have in some way transferred the energy and created hope." (Roy Andersson)