Swedish sketch comedy wins Venice Golden Lion

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Swedish sketch comedy wins Venice Golden Lion

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A Swedish black comedy featuring 39 sketches not necessarily connected to each other, has been awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival.

‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ is the third in a living trilogy from director Roy Andersson, who was in the audience to pick up the award.

The accolade is likely to bring the film much-needed publicity, which critics say is almost impossible to describe, as the sketches range from being hilariously funny to incredibly sad.

The Best Director award went to Andrei Konchalovsky for his film ‘The Postman’s White Nights’.

The complete opposite of ‘A Pigeon Sat…’, the Russian film tells the story of life in a remote village, where the only way to know about the outside world is through the local postman.