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Songs from the Second Floor

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Original title
Sånger från andra våningen (Songs from the Second Floor)
Running time
98 min.
Sweden Sweden
Roy Andersson
Benny Andersson
István Borbás, Jesper Klevenas
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Co-production Sweden-Norway-Denmark; Coproduction Office / Danmarks Radio (DR) / Norsk Rikskringkasting / Svenska Filminstitutet
Drama. Comedy | Black Comedy. Surrealism
Synopsis / Plot
Roy Andersson's "Songs from the Second Floor" takes place in a small town, where a man named Karl burns down his own furniture store in an attempt to collect the insurance money. This sets off a chain of events in the town that transcend explanation as a chaos falls over the town inhabitants. As the town goes crazy and the streets are brought to a virtual standstill by a massive traffic jam, Karl comes to realize the absurdity and difficulty of leading a "normal" human life.
2001: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nom. Best Int. Ind. Film - Foreign Lan.
2000: Cannes: Jury Prize
2000: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Film, Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, Achievement
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