Aki Kaurismäki Shorts

Aki Kaurismäki Shorts

Aki Kaurismäki’s unique style and worldview are equally at view in the numerous short films he has directed since the early 1980s.

The self-taught Finnish filmmaker’s short work radiates melancholy and sophisticated minimalism and this selection provides a chance to see some of his earliest works. Amongst them is Rocky VI, a parody of the ultra-nationalistic US blockbuster Rocky IV, which deconstructs the narrative of the film to lead it to one very obvious conclusion.

These films are an interesting insight into the development of the director and also highlight many of the themes that would become a preoccupation of his over the course of his storied career.as continued to resonate with audiences across the world as the films of the Finnish director juxtapose a melancholic world view with glimmers of hope for a better society. Even since he came to worldwide prominence with the feature Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), Kaurismäki’s dry comedy and insight in the human condition have marked him out as one of the world’s most talented auteurs. Even today he still manages to surprise and enthral with his latest film The Other Side of Hope picking up a Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.


24 Nov

Cinema Sõprus
1h 3min