Roy Andersson Wins Best Director At Venice

Roy Andersson’s reflection on the beauty and cruelty of life, About Endlessness (Om det oändliga), has been awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

In this mosaic of stories, meaningless moments are juxtaposed against important historical events: a couple float over war-torn Cologne; a dad stops to tie his daughter’s shoes in the rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; while a defeated army marches towards a prisoner of war camp.

About Endlessness is Roy Andersson’s first film since 2014, when A Pigeon Sat On A Branch won the Gold Lion at Venice, becoming the first Swedish film to ever receive the prestigious award.

Roy Andersson said: “This is amazing. Coming back to Venice to show this film has been a great honour, and to receive this award is an acknowledgement that we have created a film that connects to people. It gives me great joy and inspires me to keep on working.”