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Songs from the Second Floor

A Feature film by Roy Andersson

Release in France : 11/10/2000

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Arte France Cinéma

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One evening somewhere in the world, a series of surreal events occur one after the other.
There’s no apparent link between them. A man is unceremoniously hounded out of his job, an immigrant is aggressively attacked in the street…
Karl, his face covered in ashes, stands out against this crowd of peculiar characters. He has just burnt his furniture shop to the ground, hoping to claim the insurance money.
No one manages to get any sleep on this particular night. The following day, further signs of imminent chaos begin to appear. Karl becomes aware of the absurdity of existence and just how difficult it is to keep one’s humanity intact.

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Screenwriter :

Roy Andersson

Sound Recordist :

Jan Alvermark

Music Composer :

Benny Andersson

Directors of Photography :

Istvan Borbas, Jesper Klevenas

Press Attaché (film) :

Pascal Launay

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Feature film

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Minority French (Sweden)

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1 h 38 min

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Dolby SR