More than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy voted for this year’s 28th European Film Awards, and at Saturday’s night’s awards ceremony in Berlin it was announced that Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence had won Best Comedy.
A Pigeon was also nominated for Best Film, and director Roy Andersson was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Director. He had reportedly said that it didn’t matter to him whether he won or not, but clinching Best Comedy seems to have delighted him:
“It feels good to get the award for Best Comedy. Many people think that I am so sad and so are my films. This is proof that they discovered how funny I can be,” he says.
In this final part in the “Living” trilogy, A Pigeon follows Sam and Jonathan, two traveling salesmen peddling novelty items, who take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destiny. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humor and tragedy hidden within us, life s grandeur as well as the ultimate frailty of humanity.
A Pigeon was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, and was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards which takes place on February 28th 2016.