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Aki Kaurismaki

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Shadows in ParadiseShadows in Paradise (Varjoja paratiisissa) (1986) Recommended
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Matti Pellonpaa, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen
The first film in Kaurismäki's Proletariat Trilogy follows a lonely garbage collector who finds romance with a check–out clerk (Kaurismäki…
ArielAriel (1988)
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpaa
A redundant miner takes his newly acquired Thunderbird to Helsinki in search of financial and emotional security, but is hampered with rotten luck. A…
Leningrad Cowboys Go AmericaLeningrad Cowboys Go America (Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses, Total Balalaika Show) (1989) Recommended
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Jim Jarmusch
Laconic, often funny road movie follows an awful Soviet rock group with outlandish hairstyles across backwater USA. Director is Europe's answer to…
Match Factory Girl, TheMatch Factory Girl, The (1990)
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Kati Outinen, Elina Salo
Aki Kaurismaki concludes his "Proletariat Trilogy" with this bleakly ironic fable following the drab fortunes of a factory–worker (Kati…
La Vie De BohemeLa Vie De Boheme (1992) Recommended
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Matti Pellonpaa, Evelyne Didi, Andre Wilms
An achingly deadpan treatment of the book that served as the basis for Puccini's opera. Ironically romantic portrait of deadbeat, impoverished…
Drifting CloudsDrifting Clouds (1998)
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Kati Outinen, Kari Vaananen, Elina Salo
Day–glo colours collide with glum silences in Aki Kaurismaki's unemployment comedy, effortlessly combining the previously unreconcilable genres…
Man Without a Past, TheMan Without a Past, The (2002) Recommended
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen
Another understated, double–take comedy from Finnish dir. Kaurismaki, making perhaps his most cleverly balanced work yet. An itinerant…
Chacun Son CinemaChacun Son Cinema (To Each His Own Cinema) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Theo Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August
35 auteurs convey the meaning of cinema in less than three minutes each, in this epic commission to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film…
Le HavreLe Havre (2011) Recommended
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
An old–time shoe–shiner befriends a young African refugee in hiding from immigration authorities in this soft–centred comedy from…
Other Side of Hope, TheOther Side of Hope, The (2017) Recommended
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Feat. Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Ville Virtanen
This Finnish take on the European migrant crisis – proclaimed to be last directed by auteur Aki Kaurismäki – is a poignant yet typically…

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