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The Essential Aki Kaurismäki

6 - 23 December

EYE screens more than ten classic titles by Aki Kaurismäki, the chronicler of Finnish melancholy with an absurdist twist. The majority of the films featured in the programme are from EYE’s own collection and will be screened on 35mm. Film distributor Cinemien presents digitally restored versions of The Match Factory Girl and The Man Without a Past. The restorations were carried out under the aegis of the filmmaker himself. Calamari Union will be screened with English subtitles, I Hired a Contract Killer is English spoken.

Aki Kaurismäki received a Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for his latest film The Other Side of Hope (2017). The award confirmed the Finnish director’s status as one of the leading figures of European author cinema.

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Virtually all of Kaurismäki’s films are present in EYE’s collection, making the film museum the guardian of Kaurismäki’s oeuvre in the Netherlands. The films from EYE’s collection form the backbone of the programme, which includes twelve of Kaurismäki’s long feature films, ranging from the cult films Ariel (1988) and Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) to the absurdist melodrama Juha (1999) and The Other Side of Hope (2017). His short films Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (1992), Leningrad Cowboys: These Boots (1993) and Valimo (2007) are screened alternately prior to each feature.

the films of Aki Kaurismäki

Kaurismäki’s films have often earned praise for their sympathetic portrayal of life’s unfortunates. Whether it’s Shadows in Paradise (1986), The Match Factory Girl (1990), Juha (1999) or Lights in the Dusk (2006), Kaurismäki has a keen eye for loneliness, failed loyalties and troubled relationships, filmed in his characteristically deadpan, humorous and nostalgic style. In between the vodka-marinated melancholy and accordion tunes, Kaurismäki’s characters aren’t simply losers; his hapless and endearing heroes suffer from life, but each time life still turns out to be worth living.

Born in 1957, the films of Kaurismäki have often been compared to those of Jim Jarmusch: both filmmakers have a penchant for deadpan humour and employ a minimalist film style, with a strong preference for soundtracks featuring vintage pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Jarmusch likes to place his characters in slightly surrealist settings, while Kaurismäki’s tragicomic stories – often pastiches of film noir, road movies and melodrama – are rooted in the mundane. The Finnish director is also noted for his attention to the emotional effect of colour.

Agenda

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017

Monday, 18 Dec 2017

  • 16:30
    18 Dec 2017
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    I Hired a Contract Killer

    Aki Kaurismäki, FI 1990

    A man who’s through with life hires a contract killer to do the job for him. But then he falls in love...

  • 19:00
    18 Dec 2017
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    Calamari Union

    Aki Kaurismäki, FI 1985

    This superbly chaotic blend of Mean Streets and The Marx Brothers is full of surrealist...

Tuesday, 19 Dec 2017

  • 21:15
    19 Dec 2017
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    The Match Factory Girl

    Aki Kaurismäki, FI 1989

    The overwhelming final part of Kaurismäki’s so-called Proletariat Trilogy lifts the phenomenon of ‘...

    Introduction (in English) by Olga Sezneva (UvA), screening is Dutch subtitled

Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017

  • 19:00
    20 Dec 2017
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    Juha

    Aki Kaurismäki, FI 1999

    Kaurismäki filmed this fateful drama as a silent black and white film that unfolds from a simple...

    Introduction (in Dutch) by Jari Einiö (Suomi House JARI)
  • 21:15
    20 Dec 2017
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    Le Havre

    Aki Kaurismäki, FI/FR/DE 2011

    One of the brighter films from the oeuvre of Aki Kaurismäki. A boot polisher from Le Havre decides to...

Saturday, 23 Dec 2017

  • 15:00
    23 Dec 2017
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    Workshop Finse Tango

    Workshop, 2017

    Why talk when you can dance to the lingering sound of a Finnish accordion? Let your feet do the...

  • 16:30
    23 Dec 2017
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    The Man Without a Past

    Aki Kaurismäki, FI 2002

    A sensitive, occasionally drily comical portrait of a man suffering from amnesia. The film was...

  • 21:15
    23 Dec 2017
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    The Other Side of Hope

    Aki Kaurismäki, FI 2017

    The paths of Syrian refugees and a Finnish travelling salesman cross in Kaurismäki’s latest deadpan...

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