Events at Paramount Cinema

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WELLINGTON FILM SOCIETY
 
 

  15 May

 at 6.15pm. 

Members ony. Memberships available before the screening.
Desk opens 5.45

 

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE (Roy Andersson, Sweden 2014) M

Frequently imitated but only ever equalled by himself, Roy Andersson, cinema’s deadpan poet of drabness, takes years to craft and string together his exquisite, absurdist scenarios about ‘what it means to be a human being’. Featuring the ‘whitest white people in cinema’ (Nick Pinkerton, Sight & Sound), and the least healthy looking, his films unfold towards their pokerfaced punchlines in elaborate studio-built dioramas that constitute miracles of banality in their own right. The sketches in Pigeon are connected by the wanderings of a pair of weary salesmen with three ‘fun’ items to offer: a set of vampire teeth, a laughing bag, and a rubber fright mask called ‘Uncle One-Tooth’. Needless to say, no one’s buying. If you’ve seen his Songs from the Second Floor or You, The Living, you’ll already know whether you have to see his latest. If you haven’t, there’s really just one way to find out.
- Bill Gosden, NZIFF 2015.