World of Glory

World of Glory / Härlig är jorden

(Fiction, Sweden, 1991, 16’, C, Fr ST)

by Roy Andersson

with Klas-Gösta Olsson, Lennart Björklund, Christer Christensen

World of Glory


A plain, ordinary man talks about his work as a real-estate broker, his dead father, his ordinary home and so on, in a naturalistic voice drained of any emotion.


I had total freedom that allowed me all the audacity and allowed me to return to subjects that are close to me. Since my childhood, I have been obsessed by the question of guilt. On the one hand, the guilt that one feels personally when one commits a bad deed and on the other hand, the guilt that one carries collectively and historically as a burden. This guilt can bring out everything in our history: the conquistadors, slavery, the Second World War. I have always felt this guilt of being part of a sinful race. I started dealing with that in World of Glory and continued in my feature flms, both of which are marked by the way the characters humiliate each other without necessarily realizing it.Roy Andersson,, April 2015


Roy Andersson


Film Author :

Roy Andersson
Roy Andersson

Roy Andersson was born in 1943 in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1969, he graduated from the Swedish Film School, and his frst feature, A Swedish Love Story, won four prizes at the Berlin Film Festival in 1970. Giliap, his second flm, was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1976. In 1975, he started a pioneering career as a director of commercials, earning a total of eight Golden Lions at Cannes. In 1981, he founded Studio 24 in Stockholm in order to freely produce and make his flms. This is also where he developed his unique flmmaking style. After Something Happened (1987) and World of Glory (1991), two shorts that earned the most prestigious awards (a.o. Clermont-Ferrand), he shot Songs from the Second Floor in his studio and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by a poem of Cesar Vallejo, the flm is marked by its gloomy surrealism and the precision with which each of the 46 sequence shots is composed. As the frst chapter in The Living Trilogy, Songs from the Second Floor was followed in 2007 by You, the Living, which was also screened in Cannes. The flms cemented his personal style characterized by stationary shots and meticulously conceived tableaux, absurdist comedy as well and essential humanity. In 2009, Roy Andersson was distinguished by an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, presenting not only his integral flmmaking oeuvre but also several of his commercials. A Pigeon Sat on Branch Refecting on Existence, his 5th feature flm, is the fnal chapter in The Living Trilogy, which was 15 years in the making. In 2019, For Eternity won the Best Director award at the Venice Film Festival.

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