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Aki Kaurismäki


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)

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

La vie de Boheme / Aki Kaurismäki

Rodolfo, a refugee from Albania and a great painter, Marcel, a great French poet, and Schaunard, a great Irish composer, become acquainted by chance while chasing on the same battlefield, by every imaginable means, a beast called the fivefranc coin. They cannot take more than ten steps on the boulevards without meeting an acquaintance, or thirty steps, wherever, without encountering a creditor. This melancholy comedy – which, incidentally, is actually a melodrama – tells of their life, especially in relation to Mimi and Musette, two country belles lost in the maelstrom of the big city, and to more commonplace characters, such as the landlord and immigration officers. Their daily subsistence calls for brilliant virtuosity. A special language is spoken in the film, borrowed from the prattle in artists’ studios, the backstage argot of the theater and newspaper editorial offices. The plot of the film is so complicated that a committee should be appointed to disentangle it. Potential female viewers are advised to supply themselves with handkerchiefs, for the ending of the film may be the saddest since Waterloo Bridge.

Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki,based on the novel by HenriMurger, Scènes de la vie de Bohème
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Veikko Aaltonen
Sound:Jouko Lumme, Timo Linnasalo
Costumes:Simon Murray
With:Matti Pellonpää (Rodolpho), Evelyne Didi (Mimi), André Wilms (Marcel), Kari Väänänen (Schaunard), Christine Murillo (Musette), Jean-Pierre Léaud (Blancheron), Laika (Baudelaire)
World Sales:The Match Factory GmbH, (Michael Weber) Germany T. +49 221 539 709-0 F. +49 221 539 709-10
Distribution in Greece:Rosebud Films (Zinos Panayotidis) T. +30 210 6786 503 F. +30 210 6740 073
Production Design:John Ebden
Producer:Aki Kaurismäki
Production:Sputnik Oy, Finland T.+358 9 6877 100 F.+358 9 6877 1010
Production Country:Finland-France-Sweden-Germany
Co-production:Pyramide Productions & Films A2 (France) & The Swedish Film Institute (Sweden) & Pandora Films GmbH (Germany)
Format:35mm B&W
Production Year:1991
This film is being screened as part of Francophone Day
FIPRESCI Award –Forum of New Cinema, Berlin IFF 1992
Best Actor (Matti Pellonpää) & Supporting Actor Award (André Wilms) – European Film Awards, 1992
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Friday, November 02, 2012 - 17:00 | ID:024
OLYMPION:Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 11:00 | ID:111
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Monday, November 05, 2012 - 22:00 | ID:326


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