You, the living

by Roy Andersson

Denmark/France/Germany/Norway/Sweden, 2007, 94', colour



"YOU, THE LIVING is about the human being, about her greatness and her miserableness, her joy and sorrow, her self-confidence and anxiety. A being at whom we want to laugh and also cry for. It is simply a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy about us."

Roy Andersson    

Reviews

"A comic symphony on the meaning of life."
Justin Chang, VARIETY

"Roy Andersson excels in visual humor (...) A vision that keeps a sense of distance and burlesque poetry."
Frédéric Strauss, TELERAMA

"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 MAGAZINE

"Monty Python shot by Dreyer."
Gérard Lefort, LIBERATION

"One of European cinema's most distinctive stylists, and darkest humorists, returns with a tragi-comic panorama of the human condition (...) It's like a collaboration between Strindberg and Jacques Tati."
Jonathan Romney, SCREEN

"Kafka on acid (...) Hilarious scenes that will have you rolling on the floor laughing."
Michael Althen, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

"Virtuous in his direction, Andersson offers us a film that is fluid, accessible and full of enjoyment. (...) He is a rare filmmaker."
M.M., L'HUMANITE

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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


Jessica Lundberg - Anna
Elisabet Helander - Mia
Björn Englund - Tubaplayer
Leif Larsson - Carpenter
Ollie Olson - Consultant

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Roy Andersson
Script: Roy Andersson
Producer: Pernilla Sandström, Philippe Bober, Susanne Marian, Carsten Brandt
Production Company: Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, Parisienne de Production, Thermidor Filmproduktion, Posthus Teatret
Director of Photography: Gustav Danielsson
Sound: Jan Alvermark
Editing: Anna Märta Waer

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: 2456m
 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2007, Un Certain Regard


MAIN AWARDS

Chicago 2007, Silver Hugo for Direction
Gent 2007, Georges Delerue Prize
Fantasporto 2007, Best Director
Swedish National Awards 2008 : Best Film, Best Direction & Best Screenplay

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS

Paris Cinéma 2007, Competition
Toronto 2007, Competition
São Paulo 2007, Competition

Year: 
2007
Duration: 
94'

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. 

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Country: 
Denmark Denmark
France France
Germany Germany
Norway Norway
Sweden Sweden



"YOU, THE LIVING is about the human being, about her greatness and her miserableness, her joy and sorrow, her self-confidence and anxiety. A being at whom we want to laugh and also cry for. It is simply a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy about us."

Roy Andersson    

Reviews: 

"A comic symphony on the meaning of life."Justin Chang, VARIETY"Roy Andersson excels in visual humor (...) A vision that keeps a sense of distance and burlesque poetry."Frédéric Strauss, TELERAMA"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 MAGAZINE"Monty Python shot by Dreyer."Gérard Lefort, LIBERATION

"One of European cinema's most distinctive stylists, and darkest humorists, returns with a tragi-comic panorama of the human condition (...) It's like a collaboration between Strindberg and Jacques Tati."Jonathan Romney, SCREEN"Kafka on acid (...) Hilarious scenes that will have you rolling on the floor laughing."Michael Althen, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG"Virtuous in his direction, Andersson offers us a film that is fluid, accessible and full of enjoyment. (...) He is a rare filmmaker."M.M., L'HUMANITE

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 


 

"YOU, THE LIVING is about the human being, about her greatness and her miserableness, her joy and sorrow, her self-confidence and anxiety. A being at whom we want to laugh and also cry for. It is simply a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy about us."

Roy Andersson

Cast details: 


Jessica Lundberg - Anna
Elisabet Helander - Mia
Björn Englund - Tubaplayer
Leif Larsson - Carpenter
Ollie Olson - Consultant

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Roy Andersson
Script: Roy Andersson
Producer: Pernilla Sandström, Philippe Bober, Susanne Marian, Carsten Brandt
Production Company: Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, Parisienne de Production, Thermidor Filmproduktion, Posthus Teatret
Director of Photography: Gustav Danielsson
Sound: Jan Alvermark
Editing: Anna Märta Waer

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: 2456m
 

Pressbook: 
Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2007, Un Certain Regard


MAIN AWARDS

Chicago 2007, Silver Hugo for Direction
Gent 2007, Georges Delerue Prize
Fantasporto 2007, Best Director
Swedish National Awards 2008 : Best Film, Best Direction & Best Screenplay

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS

Paris Cinéma 2007, Competition
Toronto 2007, Competition
São Paulo 2007, Competition

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