Gold Lion for director Roy Andersson

Swedish director Roy Andersson has won the world’s oldest film prize, the Gold Lion at the Venice film festival.

”I didn’t know it would go this well. There were some tough rivals” says Andersson to Swedish Radio News.

Swedish film are rarely even in competition for the prize.

The director won with the film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. He has only produced a handful of feature films, despite starting in 1970, and his work is mostly seen on television in the form of commercials.

But after winning the award for best film Roy Andersson seems to be motivated.

”It usually takes two to three years till the next project, but now I’ll get going immediately,” he says to Swedish Radio.