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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

Lights in the Dusk / Aki Kaurismäki

Lights in the Dusk concludes the trilogy begun by the Drifting Clouds and the The Man without a Past. Where the trilogy’s first film was about unemployment and the second about homelessness, the theme of Lights in the Dusk is loneliness. Like Chaplin’s little tramp, the protagonist, a man named Koistinen, searches the hard world for a small crack to crawl in through, but both his fellow beings and the faceless apparatus of society make it their business to crush his modest hopes, one after the other. Criminal elements exploit his longing for love and his position as a night watchman in a robbery they pull off, leaving Koistinen to face the consequences. This is done with the help of the most callous woman in the history of cinema since Joseph. L Mankiewicz’s All About Eve (1950). Thus, Koistinen is deprived of his job, his freedom, and his dreams. Luckily for our protagonist, the author of the film has a reputation for being a soft-hearted old man, so we can assume there is a spark of hope illuminating the final scene.”

Aki Kaurismäki


Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Aki Kaurismäki
Sound:Jouko Lumme, Tero Malmberg
Art Direction:Markku Pätilä
Costumes:Outi Harjupatana
With:Janne Hyytiäinen (Koistinen), Maria Heiskanen (Aila), Maria Järvenhelmi (Mirja), Ilkka Kolvula (Lindholm)
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 www.the-match-factory.com
Distribution in Greece:Rosebud Films Zinos Panayotidis T. +30 210 6786 503 F. +30 210 6740 073 zpan@odeon.gr www.odeon.gr
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) & Bim Distribuzione (Italy) & C More Entertainment (Scandinavia)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:80'
Production Year:2006
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 19:30 | ID:425
FRIDA LIAPPA:Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:642
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 17:00 | ID:924
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