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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

Drifting Clouds / Aki Kaurismäki

Drifting Clouds is a film about unemployment with a happy ending. Ilona loses her job at the restaurant “Dubrovnik”, the best restaurant in town (right after the war it was, anyway). Lauri, her husband, draws the lowest card when four out of eight tramway-drivers have to be fired. But Ilona and Lauri see no reason to worry; after all they are both well under fifty. A few months later, Melartin, the former porter of the “Dubrovnik,” proposes to Ilona that they open their own restaurant. Since they cannot prove to the bank that they do not really need a loan, their request is turned down. Ilona empties her savings account and Lauri takes the money to the casino to multiply it.

 

 Drifting Clouds is dedicated to Matti Pellonpää.


Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Aki Kaurismäki
Sound:Jouko Lumme
Music:Shelley Fisher
Costumes:Tuula Hilkamo
With:Kati Outinen (Ilona), Kari Väänänen (Lauri), Elina Salo (Rouva Sjöholm), Sakari Kuosmanen (Melartin)
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:Markku Pätilä, Jukka Salmi
Production:Sputnik Oy, Finland T.+358 9 6877 100 F.+358 9 6877 1010 sputnik@sputnik.fi
Production Country:Finland-Germany-France
Co-production:Yle TV 1 (Finland) & Pandora Film (Germany) & Pyramide Productions (France)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:96'
Production Year:1996
 Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention – Cannes IFF 1996
 Audience Award – Sao Paulo IFF 1996
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 02, 2012 - 20:00 | ID:045
JOHN CASSAVETES:Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:852
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 15:00 | ID:923
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