AFS to screen droll Swedish comedy ‘Pigeon’

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Two novelty salesmen face life's cruelties in "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch ..." Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
Two novelty salesmen face life's cruelties in "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch ..." Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Two novelty salesmen face life’s cruelties in “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch …” Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence” is probably the strangest, droll movie of the year, and it’ll screen as part of the Austin Film Society’s Avant Cinema series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Marchesa.

Directed by Roy Andersson of Sweden, “Pigeon” tracks the adventures of two hapless salesman who try to get people to buy novelty items.

But there’s much more going on, with lots of strange scenes of people dying in odd ways, at least at the beginning. There’s  also a subplot dealing with a foolish king who thinks he’s going to beat the Russians at war. Ooops.

It’s really a deadpan look at cruelty and banality.

It’s being distributed in the United States by Magnolia Pictures, but it’s not guaranteed to get a theatrical release in Austin. So you might want to attend this event.

The Marchesa is at 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. For tickets, go here.


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