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Aki Kaurismäki
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Date of Birth: Apr 4, 1957

Country: Finland

Biography: Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki. Both are prolific film-makers, and together have been responsible for one-fifth of the total output of the Finnish film industry since the early 80s. His films are very short, eccentric parodies of various genres and populated by lugubrious hard-drinking Finns and set to eclectic soundtracks.

Total Titles at Criticker: 33 - You've Seen 0

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Aki and Peter (2018)
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is dedicated to filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki’s longtime friend and collaborator, the film critic and festival programmer Peter von Bagh. In this new video essay, filmmaker Daniel Raim explores Kaurismäki’s oeuvre through the world of von Bagh. (Criterion Collection)
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The Other Side of Hope (2017)
A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived from Finland. (imdb)
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Centro Histórico (2012)
A feature film with four stories celebrating the city of Guimarães in the North of Portugal. (imdb)
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Le Havre (2011)
"Le Havre" tells the story of a shoeshiner who tries to save an immigrant child.
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Sodankylä Ikuisesti (2010)
A four-part documentary about the Sodankylä film-festival in Finnish Lapland.
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Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s
A collective film of 33 shorts directed by different directors about their feeling about Cinema. (imdb)
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Lights in the Dusk (2006)
In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman. (imdb)
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Bico (2004)
Bico (2004) - Short Film
A short 5 minutes film conceived as a segment of a collective work entitled Visions of Europe. In this documentary film, shoot under the sign of Strindberg's Inferno and the echoes of Las Hurdes, the line between tale and factual blurs, and we see fragments of stories emerging from under the rocks and Ruben's method achieves a degree of cinematic perfection. (ebscohost.com)
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The Man Without a Past (2002)
The second installation of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland Trilogy," this touching and amusing film portrays a man who must start his life anew when he is brutally mugged and loses his memory. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)
Seven internationally respected filmmakers offer different perspectives on time and fate -- some witty, some somber -- in this omnibus film, with the stories linked by performances from jazz great Hugh Masekela.
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Juha (1999)
A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel. (imdb)
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Drifting Clouds (1996)
The recession hits a couple in Helsinki. (imdb)
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Total Balalaika Show (1994)
A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (like "Sweet Home, Alabama") as well as more traditional Russian songs like the "Volga Boatman". (imdb)
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Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994)
This comedy is a sequel to Aki Kaurismaki's successful Leningrad Cowboys Go America. The Lennigrad Cowboys are billed as the "worst rock'n'roll band in the world." In the last film they went to the U.S. In this film they travel from Mexico back to Lennigrad. The story begins in Mexico... (All Movie Guide)
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Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)
Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of garrulous Russian Klaudia and Estonian Tatiana - who are clearly interested in the two men, despite the language barrier. But what are the chances of getting a response from men who prefer staring at vodka bottles to talking? (imdb)
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Talking with Ozu (1993)
A forty-minute tribute to the director from 1993, featuring the reflections of filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader, and Wim Wenders.
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Those Were the Days (1992)
Paris, 1994, night: as the Leningrad Cowboys sing "Those were the days," a solitary man leading a donkey is turned away at a restaurant door. He and the beast walk down to La Maison du Vin where, despite a "no donkeys" sign on the wall, they enter and he proceeds to feed the donkey with provisions from his pack. His care and feeding of the donkey impress the woman who sings with the house band. She and the visitor connect, but if they slip away, who will watch the burro? (imdb)
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La Vie de bohème (1992)
Artists' life in Paris (imdb)
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These Boots (1992)
These Boots (1992) - Short Film
These Boots tells "the Finnish history from 1952 to 1969" and begins with the birth of the main character (Mato Valtonen). This combination of a short film and a music video goes through the most important events of the main character's life (youtube.com)
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The Match Factory Girl (1990)
Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster... (imdb)
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I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide... (imdb)
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Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Finnish musicians, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band. (imdb)
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Ariel (1988)
The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit (imdb)
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Hamlet Goes Business (1987)
A bizarre black-and-white film noir reworking of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. After the death of his father, young Hamlet inherits a seat on the board of a company controlled by his uncle that decides to move into the rubber duck market. (imdb)
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Thru the Wire (1987)
Nicky escapes from prison somewhere between Alabama and Utah, sometime in the future. He looks for his girl in the bars and hotels. All he can see in his new freedom is that no one cares for the future of human culture. (imdb)
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Rocky VI (1986)
Rocky VI (1986) - Short Film
Definitely not to be confused with any of Sylvester Stallone's efforts, this is a wicked satire on 'Rocky IV', in which Rocky takes on the monolithic Russian fighter Igor - and loses. Kaurismaeki describes the film as "my revenge on Mr. Stallone, who I think is an asshole". (imdb)
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Varjoja paratiisissa (1986)
An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a co-worker, an affair and much more. (imdb)
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Calamari Union (1985)
An exodus to a better life in Eira (imdb)
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Rikos ja rangaistus (1983)
An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, updated to present-day Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man, and is forced to live with the consequences of his actions... (imdb)
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Arvottomat (1982)
A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other. (imdb)
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Jackpot 2 (1982)
Jackpot 2 (1982) - Short Film
The film follows the lives of three young people, a young man, his fiancée and his best friend. After some unexplained disaster, Helsinki is virtually deserted, only a few residents remain and most of them are affected by the disaster. (eyeforfilm.co.uk)
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Valehtelija (1981)
Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses. (imdb)
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Saimaa-Ilmiö (1981)
A documentary of three Finnish bands on tour around lake Saimaa. Bands on boat are Hassisen Kone, Eppu Normaali and Juice Leskinen Slam. (imdb)
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