Songs from the 2nd floor

by Roy Andersson

Sweden, 2000, 98', colour



One evening, a series of strange events with no apparent logic take their course. A clerk is made redundant; an immigrant is violently attacked; a magician makes a disastrous mess of his routine. One person stands out in this collection of characters - it’s Karl and his face is covered in ash. He has just put a match to his furniture store in order to cash in on the insurance. No one gets a wink of sleep that night.

Reviews

"One of the most amazing film I have ever seen."
Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"SONGS truly looks like no movie you've ever seen. (...) Andersson has created a major work of art in a minor key. It was worth to wait. "
Mike D'Angelo, TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Andersson has something of Woody Allen and Terry Gilliam, but with strains of anarchy and melancholy that are unique. Here is a film to try the patience of the non-believer, but astonish everyone else."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"the unmoving frame give the comic tableaux the force of art (...) the work of genuine and singular artist"
Elvis Mitchell, NEW YORK TIMES

"one of the most extraordinary moments of modern cinema."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"an international cult figure for his elaborate television commercials - described by Bergman, no less, as the best in the world. Every aspect of SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR bespeaks precision and control."
Jim Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

"You have never seen a film like this before. (...) I love this film because it is completely new, starting from a place no other film has started from, proceeding implacably to demonstrate the logic of its despair, arriving at a place of no hope. One rummages for the names of artists to evoke: Bosch, Tati, Kafka, Beckett, Dali. It is “slapstick Ingmar Bergman”, says Jim Hoberman in the Village Voice. Yes, and tragic Groucho Marx."
Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"One of the most highly crafted pics in recent memory, and certainly the most original in vision of the 23 features competing at Cannes this year. (...) SONGS at least confirms Andersson as a formidable talent working with a total control and freedom from commercial restraints equaled only by the late Kubrick."
Derek Elley, VARIETY

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Roy Andersson

 

Roy Andersson was born in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1943. His first feature A SWEDISH LOVE STORY won the main prize at the 1970 Berlinale. In 1975 he started making distinctive and very successful commercials, winning a total of 8 Golden Lions at Cannes. In 1981 he founded Studio 24 to produce and make his films with total freedom. After SOMETHING HAPPENED (1987) and WORLD OF GLORY (1991), two award winning shorts, he shot SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR in his studio and won the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 2000. His fourth feature film YOU, THE LIVING premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2007.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2007 YOU THE LIVING, Fiction, 95 min.
2000 SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, Fiction, 98 min.
1991 WORLD OF GLORY, Fiction, 16 min.
1987 SOMETHING HAPPENED, Fiction, 24 min.
1975 GILIAP, Fiction, 175 min.
1970 A SWEDISH LOVE STORY, Fiction, 115 min. 

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Cast

Lasse Nordh - Kalle
Stefan Larsson - Stefan
Bengt C.W. Carlsson - Lennart
Torbjörn Fahlström - Pelle Wiger

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Roy Andersson
Script: Roy Andersson
Country of Production: Sweden, France, Germany, Denmark
Producers: Roy Andersson, Philippe Bober, Lisa Alwert, Sanne Glaesel, Johann Mardell
Production Companies: Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB
Director of Photography: István Borbás, Jesper Klevenas, Robert Komarek
Editing: Roy Andersson
Music: Benny Andersson

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film/ Fiction
Original language: Swedish
Format: 35mm/ colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1,66
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of reels: 5
Footage: 2462 m
 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2000, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Cannes 2000, Jury Prize
Brothers Manaki 2001, Audience Award
Guldbagge Awards 2001: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Achievement, Best Cinematography & Best Screenplay
Norwegian International Film Festival 2001, Film Critics Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

British Independent Film Award 2001, Best Foreign Independent Film

Pressbook

Downloads : pictures
 


 

 

 

Year: 
2000
Duration: 
98'

Roy Andersson

 Roy Andersson was born in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1943. His first feature A SWEDISH LOVE STORY won the main prize at the 1970 Berlinale. In 1975 he started making distinctive and very successful commercials, winning a total of 8 Golden Lions at Cannes. In 1981 he founded Studio 24 to produce and make his films with total freedom. After SOMETHING HAPPENED (1987) and WORLD OF GLORY (1991), two award winning shorts, he shot SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR in his studio and won the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 2000. His fourth feature film YOU, THE LIVING premiered at Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2007. 

Poster: 
Country: 
Sweden Sweden



One evening, a series of strange events with no apparent logic take their course. A clerk is made redundant; an immigrant is violently attacked; a magician makes a disastrous mess of his routine. One person stands out in this collection of characters - it’s Karl and his face is covered in ash. He has just put a match to his furniture store in order to cash in on the insurance. No one gets a wink of sleep that night.

Reviews: 

"One of the most amazing film I have ever seen."Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES"SONGS truly looks like no movie you've ever seen. (...) Andersson has created a major work of art in a minor key. It was worth to wait. "Mike D'Angelo, TIME OUT NEW YORK"Andersson has something of Woody Allen and Terry Gilliam, but with strains of anarchy and melancholy that are unique. Here is a film to try the patience of the non-believer, but astonish everyone else."Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN"the unmoving frame give the comic tableaux the force of art (...) the work of genuine and singular artist"Elvis Mitchell, NEW YORK TIMES

"one of the most extraordinary moments of modern cinema."Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN"an international cult figure for his elaborate television commercials - described by Bergman, no less, as the best in the world. Every aspect of SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR bespeaks precision and control."Jim Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE"You have never seen a film like this before. (...) I love this film because it is completely new, starting from a place no other film has started from, proceeding implacably to demonstrate the logic of its despair, arriving at a place of no hope. One rummages for the names of artists to evoke: Bosch, Tati, Kafka, Beckett, Dali. It is “slapstick Ingmar Bergman”, says Jim Hoberman in the Village Voice. Yes, and tragic Groucho Marx."Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"One of the most highly crafted pics in recent memory, and certainly the most original in vision of the 23 features competing at Cannes this year. (...) SONGS at least confirms Andersson as a formidable talent working with a total control and freedom from commercial restraints equaled only by the late Kubrick."Derek Elley, VARIETY

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



One evening, a series of strange events with no apparent logic take their course. A clerk is made redundant; an immigrant is violently attacked; a magician makes a disastrous mess of his routine. One person stands out in this collection of characters - it’s Karl and his face is covered in ash. He has just put a match to his furniture store in order to cash in on the insurance. No one gets a wink of sleep that night.

Cast details: 

Lasse Nordh - Kalle
Stefan Larsson - Stefan
Bengt C.W. Carlsson - Lennart
Torbjörn Fahlström - Pelle Wiger

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Roy Andersson
Script: Roy Andersson
Country of Production: Sweden, France, Germany, Denmark
Producers: Roy Andersson, Philippe Bober, Lisa Alwert, Sanne Glaesel, Johann Mardell
Production Companies: Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB
Director of Photography: István Borbás, Jesper Klevenas, Robert Komarek
Editing: Roy Andersson
Music: Benny Andersson

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film/ Fiction
Original language: Swedish
Format: 35mm/ colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1,66
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of reels: 5
Footage: 2462 m
 

Pressbook: 

Downloads : pictures
 


 

 

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2000, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Cannes 2000, Jury Prize
Brothers Manaki 2001, Audience Award
Guldbagge Awards 2001: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Achievement, Best Cinematography & Best Screenplay
Norwegian International Film Festival 2001, Film Critics Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

British Independent Film Award 2001, Best Foreign Independent Film

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