Songs from the Second Floor
|Songs from the Second Floor|
Original Swedish poster
|Directed by||Roy Andersson|
|Produced by||Lisa Alwert
|Written by||Roy Andersson|
Bengt C.W. Carlsson
|Music by||Benny Andersson|
|Edited by||Roy Andersson|
Songs from the Second Floor (Swedish: Sånger från andra våningen) is a 2000 surrealistic Swedish film written and directed by Roy Andersson. It presents a series of disconnected vignettes that together interrogate aspects of modern life. The film uses many quotations from the work of the Peruvian poet César Vallejo as a recurring motif. It is the first film of a trilogy, You, the Living being the second and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence being the third.
A man is standing in a subway car, his face dirty with soot. In his right hand he carries a plastic bag with documents, or rather, the charred leftovers of them. In a corridor a man is clinging desperately to the legs of the boss who just fired him. He is screaming: "I've been here for thirty years!" In a coffee shop someone is waiting for his father, who just burned his furniture company for insurance money. Traffic jams and self-flagellating stock brokers are filling up the streets while an economist, desperate for a solution to the problem of work becoming too expensive, gazes into the crystal ball of a scryer. Everything and everyone is going somewhere but their goal and its meaning have disappeared along the way.
- Lars Nordh as Kalle
- Stefan Larsson as Stefan
- Bengt C. W. Carlsson as Lennart
- Torbjörn Fahlström as Pelle Wigert
- Sten Andersson as Lasse
- Rolando Núñez as the foreigner
- Lucio Vucina as the magician
- Per Jörnelius as the sawed man
- Peter Roth as Tomas
- Klas-Gösta Olsson as the speechwriter
- Nils-Åke Eriksson as patient
- Hanna Eriksson as Mia
- Tommy Johansson as Uffe
- Sture Olsson as Sven
- Fredrik Sjögren as the Russian boy
Film critic J. Hoberman from The Village Voice concluded about the film: "Easier to respect than enthuse over, Andersson's rigorous personal vision is not only distanced but distancing." Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it."
Awards and nominations
- Bodil Awards
- Best Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film) Roy Andersson (director)
- Brothers Manaki International Film Festival
- Audience Award István Borbás
- Norwegian International Film Festival
- Norwegian Film Critics Award Roy Andersson
- Guldbagge Award
- Best Film (Bästa film) Lisa Alwert
- Best Direction (Bästa regi) Roy Andersson
- Best Screenplay (Bästa manuskript) Roy Andersson
- Best Cinematography (Bästa foto) István Borbás and Jesper Klevenas
- Best Achievement (Bästa prestation) Jan Alvemark
- British Independent Film Awards
- Best Foreign Independent Film - Foreign Language
- "The New Cult Canon: Songs From The Second Floor". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- rogerebert.com, "Songs from the Second Floor". Accessed October 3, 2015.
- rottentomatoes.com "Songs from the Second Floor (2002)". Accessed October 3, 2015.
- "Festival de Cannes: Songs from the Second Floor". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
- Official website
- Songs from the Second Floor at the Internet Movie Database
- Songs from the Second Floor at the Swedish Film Institute Database
- Songs from the Second Floor at Rotten Tomatoes
- Songs from the Second Floor at AllMovie
- "The New Cult Canon: Songs from the Second Floor" at The A.V. Club