A Swedish Love Story


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This year Visionär in Mainz will honour Roy Andersson. He is best known for A Swedish Love Story (1970) and his “Living Trilogy”, which includes Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014). Songs from the Second Floor, more than any other, cemented and illustrated his personal style – which is characterized by long filming, absurd comedy, stiff caricature of Swedish culture and Fellini grotesque.

Visionär will show his first feature film A Swedish Love Story, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The story about two teenagers from different social classes who experience their first love happens in the beautiful landscape of an idyllic Swedish summer. Under the tender gaze of Roy Andersson, Pär and Annika create their own world in which social differences, the adults’ dysfunctional relationships and their disillusionment are cut out.

The debut film was selected in the Competition of the 20th Berlin International Film Festival which ended prematurely and without any award ceremony due to an internal scandal.