Sweden has picked “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” as its Oscar foreign-language contender for this year. Directed by Roy Andersson, “Pigeon” won a Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
Pernilla Sandström produced the film for Roy Andersson Filmproduktion, while Société Parisienne de Production of France, 4½ of Norway and German company Essential Film Production were the co-producers. The film received production funding from the Swedish Film Institute. International sales is by Coproduction Office.
“Pigeon” premiered Nov. 14 in Sweden, where it was distributed by TriArt.
The Swedish Film Institute will also support “Ingrid Bergman – in Her Own Words” in the Oscar documentary race.
Although he ranks as one of Sweden’s most popular directors, Andersson hasn’t made many films. “A Pigeon” is his first feature-length movie in seven years. Andersson’s “A Swedish Love Story,” “Songs From the Second Floor” and “You, the Living” were previously chosen by Sweden to compete for a foreign-language nomination..
On top of supporting “A Pigeon,” the Swedish Film Institute is also backing the Oscar campaign for Stig Björkman’s “Ingrid Bergman – in Her Own Words” in the documentary feature category.
. Last year Sweden sent “Force Majeure” to the Academy Awards.
The deadline for submitting foreign-lingo films is Oct. 1, the nominations will be announced Jan. 14 and the Oscar ceremony takes place Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.