Oscars: Sweden Picks 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch' for Foreign-Language Category

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Roy Andersson's quietly comic feature won the Golden Lion for best film in Venice last year.

Sweden has picked Roy Andersson's sardonic drama A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence as its official nominee for best foreign language film for the 2016 Oscars.

The feature, the final entry after 2000's Songs from the Second Floor and You the Living in 2007 in Andersson's trilogy about quiet desperation, A Pigeon won the Golden Lion for best film at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. It was picked up by Magnolia for the U.S. and has so far earned around $210,000.

Pigeon consists of a series of comic vignettes tied together through the misadventures of two traveling salesmen peddling novelty items.

The last time Sweden received a foreign-language Oscar nomination was in 2004 for Kay Pollak's As it is in Heaven and the last Swedish foreign-language winner was Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander in 1983.

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