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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

Ariel / Aki Kaurismäki

Taisto sits in a café with his father. The father gives Taisto the keys to his convertible and urges him to do something with his life – right before he takes his own. With a broken car top, Taisto drives through snow and bad weather and arrives in Helsinki. One day, he is beaten up and all his money is gone, but he wakes up the next day as if nothing has happened and gets on with his life. Despite his bad luck, he meets the restless Irmeli. “Will you be gone in the morning?” she asks, after their first night together. “No, we’ll be together forever”, he replies and moves in with her and her son. When he comes across one of the men who hurt him, he decides to take revenge – with unexpected consequences.


Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Raija Talvio
Sound:Jouko Lumme
Music:Bill Casey, Melrose, Rauli Somerjoki, Taisto Tammi, Olavi Virta
Art Direction:Risto Karhula
Costumes:Tuula Hilkamo
With:Turo Pajala (Taisto Kasurinen), Susanna Haavisto (Irmeli Pihlaja), Matti Pellonpää (Mikkonen), Eetu Hilkamo (Riku)
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
Producer:Aki Kaurismäki
Production:Villealfa Filmproductions Oy, Finland
Production Country:Finland
Format:35mm Color
Duration:74'
Production Year:1988
Bronze St. George (Turo Pajala) & FIPRESCI Prize – Moscow IFF 1989
Best Foreign Film Prize – National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 1991
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 02, 2012 - 18:00 | ID:044
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 17:00 | ID:624
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 22:00 | ID:926
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