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by Roy Andersson


A man is standing in a subway cart, 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 are going somewhere but the goal and its meaning were forgotten on the way.

international title: Songs from the Second Floor
original title: Sånger från andra våningen
country: Sweden, Denmark
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Roy Andersson
film run: 98'
release date: SE 06/10/2000, GR 08/10/2000, FR 11/10/2000, NO 03/11/2000, FI 22/12/2000, UK 16/01/2001, NL 06/09/2001, PL 07/12/2001, HU 13/12/2001, CZ 23/01/2002, DE 18/04/2002, ES 02/08/2002
cast: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Torbjörn Fahlström, Sten Andersson, Rolando Núñez, Lucio Vucina, Per Jörnelius, Peter Roth, Klas-Gösta Olsson
cinematography by: István Borbás, Jesper Klevenas, Robert Komarek
film editing: Roy Andersson
costumes designer: Leontine Arvidsson
music: Benny Andersson
producer: Lisa Alwert, Roy Andersson, Philippe Bober, Sanne Glæsel, Johan Mardell
production: Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB, Easy Film, SVT Drama
backing: Danmarks Radio (DR), Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Swedish Film Institut
distributor: Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.

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