‘You, the Living’ named as Sweden’s Oscar candidate

'You, the Living' named as Sweden's Oscar candidate
The Swedish Film Institute has named 'You, the Living' as Sweden's candidate for an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Roy Andersson’s new film opened in Sweden on Friday, having premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Written and directed by Andersson and produced by Pernilla Sandström, the film is described by Variety as “a morosely comic symphony on the meaning (or is that meaninglessness?) of life”.

Seven years have passed since Andersson’s last release, the critically acclaimed ‘Songs from the Second Floor’, a film that won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes and was also chosen as the Swedish Oscar candidate.

Roy Andersson was born in Gothenburg in 1943. He graduated from Dramatiska Institutet (The Swedish University College of Film) in 1969 and directed his first feature, ‘A love story’, the following year. It was awarded four prizes at Berlin Film Festival.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22nd, 2008.