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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

Le Havre / Aki Kaurismäki

Marcel Marx, a former author and a well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, where he feels he has reached a closer rapport with the people, serving them in the honourable, but not too profitable, occupation of a shoeshine man. He has buried his dreams of a literary breakthrough and lives happily within the triangle of his favourite bar, his work, and his wife Arletty, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from the darkest Africa. As Arletty falls seriously ill and is bedridden, Marcel once again has to rise against the cold wall of human indifference with his only weapon his innate optimism and the unwavering solidarity of the people of his neighborhood. But against him stands the whole blind machinery of the Western, constitutionally governed state, this time represented by the dragnet of the police, drawing closer around the refugee boy. It’s time for Marcel to polish his shoes and reveal his teeth.


Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Timo Linnasalo
Sound:Tero Malmberg
Costumes:Fred Cambier
With:André Wilms (Marcel Marx), Kati Outinen (Arletty), Blondin Miguel (Idrissa), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Monet), Elina Salo (Claire), Quoc-Dung Nguyen (Chang), Evelyne Didi (Yvette), Jean-Pierre Léaud (informer), Laika
World Sales:The Match Factory GmbH, (Michael Weber) Germany T. +49 221 539 709-0 F. +49 221 539 709-10 info@matchfactory.de www.the-match-factory.com
Distribution in Greece:Feelgood Entertainment (Irene Souganidou) T. +30 211 9967 000 F. +30 211 9967 373 info@feelgoodentertainment.gr www.feelgoodentertainment.gr AMA Films (George Stergiakis) T. +30 210 322 1925 F. +30 210 321 4998 amafilms@amafilms.gr www.amafilms.gr
Production Design:Wouter Zoon
Producer:Aki Kaurismäki, Fabienne Vonier, Pyramide International, Reinhard Brundig
Production:Sputnik Oy, Finland T.+358 9 6877 100 F.+358 9 6877 1010 & Pyramide International, France T. +33 1 4296 0220 F.+33 1 4020 0551 sputnik@sputnik.fi lgarzon@pyramidefilms.com www.pyramidefilms.com& Pandora Film Produktion, Germany T. +49 221 973 320 F. +49 221 973 329 www.pandorafilm.com
Production Country:Finland-France-Germany
Co-production:Arte France Cinéma (France) & ZDF/Arte (Germany)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:93'
Production Year:2011
FIPRESCI Award, Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury – Cannes IFF 2011
 Audience Award – Reykjavik IFF 2011
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Monday, November 05, 2012 - 20:00 | ID:315
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