Brief synopsis

A reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a café; a defeated army marches to a prisoner of war camp.



ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Martin SernerThe Priest [L]
Tatiana DelaunayFlying Woman [L]
Anders HellströmFlying Man [L]
Jane-Ege FerlingMan in the Stairs [L]
Bengt BergiusPsychiatrist [L]
Thore FlygelDentist [SR]


Production accountantAndrea Göpfert
3d artistTorgeir Busch
3d artistNeha Hirve
3d artistMartin Ziebell
3d artistJesper Brodersen
3d artistSebastian Kaltmeyer
Director of photographyGergely Pálos
DirectorRoy Andersson
ProducerPhilippe BoberEssential Films
ProducerPernilla SandströmRoy Andersson Film Produktion
ProducerJohan CarlssonRoy Andersson Film Produktion
Co-producerHåkon Överås4 1/2
Post production supervisorNiko Remus
ScreenwriterRoy Andersson
Production sound mixerRobert Hefter

Production companies

Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB [se]Koproduzent
Essential Film GmbH [de]
4 1/2 (fire og en halv) [no]Koproduzent
ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen [de]Senderbeteiligung
Arte [de/fr]Senderbeteiligung

Distributing companies

Coproduction Office [de/fr]International Sales
KMBO [fr]Theatrical France
Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH [de]Theatrical Germany


Sound (Postproduction)BASIS Berlin Postproduktion GmbH
Sound (Postproduction)logoSynchron GmbH
Subtitles / Audio descriptionlogoSynchron GmbHDeutsche Fassung


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Roy Andersson2019Venice Int. Film Festival [it]Venezia 76Nominated
Sebastian Kaltmeyer2019European Film Awards [eu]European Visual EffectsWinner
Neha Hirve2019European Film Awards [eu]European Visual EffectsWinner
Martin Ziebell2019European Film Awards [eu]European Visual EffectsWinner
Jesper Brodersen2019European Film Awards [eu]European Visual EffectsWinner
Torgeir Busch2019European Film Awards [eu]European Visual EffectsWinner


2020USAPalm Springs International Film FestivalFocus on Italy
2020NetherlandsRotterdam International Film FestivalPerspectives: The Tyger Burns
2019ItalyVenice International Film FestivalVenezia 76
2019CanadaToronto International Film Festival (TIFF)Masters


Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 25/11/2020
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 17/09/2020
PremiereTuesday, 03/09/2019Venice Film Festival (Mostra) [it]