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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

Juha / Aki Kaurismäki

“Literature is full of triangle dramas, but very few of them can beat Juhani Aho’s Juha (1911) for deepness of emotions and understanding of all three parties. The story is straight and strong, yet full of detail, just waiting to be ruined by cinematic means. I had planned to film almost as long as we had planned to make a silent movie with composer Anssi Tikanmäki. One day, we were clever enough to put the ideas together and the catastrophe was ready. Afterwards, I’m not surprised that all efforts (except Tati’s Mon Oncle) to make a silent film during the last decades have somehow failed; the easiness of explaining all by words has polluted our story telling to a pale shadow of original cinema. We can never again make films like Broken Blossoms, Sunrise or Queen Kelly because since film started to gabble and mumble and all that hoochie-coochie and fancy words, stories have lost their purity, cinema its essence: innocence.” Dedicated to the memory of Jaakko Talaskivi.

Aki Kaurismäki


Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki, based on the novel by Juhani Aho
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Aki Kaurismäki
Sound:Jouko Loume
Music:Anssi Tikanmäki
Art Direction:Markku Pätilä
Costumes:Marja-Leena Hukkanen
With:Sakari Kuosmanen (Juha), Kati Outinen (Marja), André Wilms (Shemeikka)
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:Sputnik Oy, Finland T. +358 9 6877 100 F.+358 9 6877 1010 sputnik@sputnik.fi
Production Country:Finland
Format:35mm B&W
Duration:78'
Production Year:1999
 C.I.C.A.E. Award-Honorable Mention – Forum of New Cinema, Berlin IFF 1999
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 15:15 | ID:123
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 22:15 | ID:526
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 15:15 | ID:823
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