Magnolia Picks Up Venice Golden Lion Winner 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence'

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Darren Aronofksy and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to lend their names as presenters to the movie

Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence, which won the top prize, the Golden Lion, at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Directors Darren Aronofsky and Alejandro González Inarritu are lending their support to the film by serving as presenters for its U.S. release, which is expected to take place in 2015.

Pigeon is the third film in a trilogy from Andersson that includes Songs from the Second Floor and You the Living. Pigeon consists of comic vignettes that are tied together through the misadventures of two traveling salesmen peddling novelty items.

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“We were swept away by the humor, beauty and sheer originality of this film,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “For admirers of Roy Andersson, a new film from him is a true cinematic gift. For people that haven’t experienced his films before, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a terrific place to start."

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia director of acquisitions John Von Thaden with Olimpia Pont Cháfer, head of sales at Coproduction Office.