You are here

Songs from the Second Floor

Film/Video

Image courtesy New Yorker Films

Songs from the Second Floor

Roy Andersson, 2000

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Thu, Aug 15, 2002 7 PM
Fri, Aug 16, 2002 7 PM
Sat, Aug 17, 2002 7 PM

"If Bunuel and Tati and Beckett and Buster Keaton and Werner Herzog had collaborated on a film, it would not look like this, but it would want to."--Roger Ebert

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Songs from the Second Floor consists of 45 precisely staged vignettes in which a series of catastrophes suggest a bleak but outrageous sense of global doom. A traffic jam brings a city to paralysis, a nightclub magician's trick of sawing a man in half goes really wrong, and an immigrant is assaulted in full view of a crowd waiting for a bus.

Director Roy Andersson, once dubbed "the unknown genius of contemporary cinema," shot the film piecemeal over four years in his native Sweden. Set in a no manÌs land of a perpetually overcast, postindustrialized Europe, it also delivers the last word on the horrors of middle-management style, seeing it as yet another manifestation of millennial decadence. (98 mins.)