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Independent Film Festival Boston • April 25 – May 2, 2018

The Brattle Theatre40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 • Harvard Square • 617 876-6837 • [email protected]

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Wed, Sep 2, 2015

Repertory Series ArchiveRecent Raves (Summer 2015)

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

(2014) dir Roy Andersson [100 min; DCP]
Like a modern day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies. A trip that shows us the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humor and tragedy that is in us, life’s grandeur as well as the frailty of humanity. The newest film from cult-favorite director Roy Andersson (Songs From the Second Floor), PIGEON easily reminds us of his knack for combining wildly disparate emotions into a single, absurdist portrait of modern society.

“If you’ve ever wondered, ‘What if Ingmar Bergman directed Upright Citizens Brigade?’ then Andersson is the director for you.” – Wesley Morris, Grantland

“Unspooling in 37 comic vignettes, these are Monty Python sketches as written by an existentialist philosopher.” – Cath Clarke, Time Out

“The director’s modus operandi—static, meticulously arranged long takes, shot in deep focus to use background and foreground space—is so entirely unique that it’s impossible to not to get some joy out of just gawking at his films.” – A.A. Dowd, AV Club

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Wednesday 9/2:

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE
at 2:30 4:45 7:00 9:15 PM

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