New Yorker plays Andersson’s ‘Songs’

Pic shared Cannes' Special Jury Prize last year

CANNES — New Yorker Films has picked up Roy Andersson’s “Songs From the Second Floor” for domestic distribution.

Sharing the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes fest, “Songs” was some four years in the making and is described by Andersson as “an episodic slice-of-life pastiche of modern urban society.” It is the Swedish director’s first film in 25 years.

The deal was made by Philippe Bober’s Co-Production Office, which also exec produced the film.

The Co-Production Office has raked up additional sales with this year’s Un Certain Regard entry, “Lovely Rita,” going to Austria, Argentina, Denmark, the Netherlands and Thailand.

Company also completed sales on the Rotterdam fest’s Tiger Award-winning “Suzhou River” by Lou Ye, with the film selling to Australia (SBS), Greece (Ama Films) and Portugal (Fantasporto).

Mike Takeshi’s “Audition” was sold to Spain (Amanda Films), Orlea (Argentina), Portugal (Fantasporto) and Xenix (Switzerland).

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