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Director
Aki Kaurismäki

Filmography

1981 The Saimaa Gesture (co-direction: Mika Kaurismäki)
1983 Rikos Ja Rangaistus / Crime and Punishment /
1985 Calamari Union
1986 Varjoja Paratiisissa / Shadows in Paradise
1986 Rocky VI (short)
1987 Hamlet Liikemaailmassa / Hamlet Goes Business /
1987 Thru the Wire (short)
1987 Rich Little Bitch (short)
1988 Ariel
1988 L.A. Woman (μμ/short)
1989 Leningrad Cowboys Go America /
1989 Dirty Hands (TV)
1989 Tulitikkutehtaan Tytto / The Match Factory Girl
1990 I Hired a Contract Killer
1991 La Vie de Bohème
1991 Those Were the Days (short)
1992 These Boots (short)
1993 Total Balalaika Show (doc)
1993 Pidä Huivista Kiinni, Tatjana / Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana
1993 Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses
1996 Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat / Drifting Clouds
1999 Juha
2002 Dogs Have No Hell (short)
2002 Mies Vailla Menneisyytta / The Man without a Past
2004 Bico (short)
2006 Laitakaupungin Valot / Lights in the Dusk
2007 The Foundry (short)
2011 Le Havre
2012 El centro histórico (co-direction: Pedro Costa, Victor Erice, Manoel de Oliveira)



Biography
Aki Kaurismäki, born in 1957, grew up in “the age terrorized by television,” and has tried and managed to stick totally to the inseparable realities of the real world and the “deep screen” that only 35mm film – light against the electronic machinations, the beauty of artisan tradition against technological overkill – makes possible. He never used any other material, least of all video, and he is simply very proud for having joined in the continuity and tradition of “real cinema.” His minimalist style is all his own (and that of the great cinematographer of all his films, Timo Salminen); he never entered the Finnish Film School (as he was suspected of being “too cynical”). At the same time his films are full of quotations (he claims Juhamust have more than a hundred), but always invisible, a part of a constant dialogue where particles of film culture reveal realities of the human environment, society and psyche as it is now, and as it was during the tender years of Aki’s childhood; only vaguely known to foreign spectators, there is always an overwhelming presence of Finnish typicalities, “objects of love” and references to well-known sources of Finnish literary evergreens, painting or of course popular music (or our beloved films).

Aki Kaurismäki

Crime and Punishment / Aki Kaurismäki

Crime and Punishment is a modern adaptation of the classical crime story by Fyodor Dostoevsky – but faithful in its spirit to the original. The principal character – a young slaughterhouse worker – commits a senseless crime. Through his act he finally drifts out of society and into loneliness. Only a young girl who accidentally arrives at the scene of the crime wants to follow him. Guilt and the tightening dragnet of the police throw a shadow over their desperate love affair. The nocturnal concrete jungle serves as a backdrop for the struggle for intellectual supremacy between the police and the murderer. Our hero’s only weapon in this struggle is his total indifference to everything. Crime and Punishment is, however, first and foremost, a film about the last desperate rebellion of a young man against society. A society which – as we all know – is a merciless machine. Perhaps we are all guilty – but guilty of what? This unbearable question faces us everywhere, hands on hips, sneering at us. As you wish. We’ll die anyway.


Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki, Pauli Pentti
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Veikko Aaltonen
Sound:Mikael Sievers
Music:Pedro Hietanen
Costumes:Marja Uusitalo
With:Markku Toikka (Antti Rahikainen), Aino Seppo (Eeva Laakso), Esko Nikkari (Ιnspector Pennanen), Hannu Lauri (department head Heinonen)
World Sales:The Match Factory GmbH, Germany Michael Weber T. +49 221 539 709-0 F. +49 221 539 709-10 info@matchfactory.de www.the-match-factory.com
Production Design:Matti Jaaranen
Producer:Mika Kaurismäki
Production:Villealfa Filmproductions Oy, Finland
Production Country:Finland
Format:35mm Color
Duration:93'
Production Year:1983
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Friday, November 02, 2012 - 22:00 | ID:056
JOHN CASSAVETES:Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:252
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:922
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