Dwinelle Hall B-37
UC Berkeley Finnish Studies proudly presents
Kaurismäki-kevät / Kaurismäki Spring
Finnish movie nights continue this Spring with films by the famed director, Aki Kaurismäki movies. Four Tuesdays ― four movies. Always at 7 PM in Dwinelle Hall B-37.
Aki Kaurismäki is a well known and, very likely, the most highly acclaimed Finnish writer- director. He began his career writing the screenplay and playing the leading role in Valehtelija (The Liar) (1981) directed by his brother, Mika. The first movie Aki Kaurismäki directed himself was a filming based on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment in 1983.
Kaurismäki is known for his minimalistic style, laconic humor and themes that go deep into the Finnish melancholy. The characters in Kaurismäki’s movies speak standard language, have poor backgrounds – and often stand still while having their dialogues.
The Kaurismäki Spring will start with the three movies of his “Proletariat Trilogy”: Shadows in Paradise (1986), Ariel (1988) and The Match Factory Girl (1990). In this trilogy Kaurismäki’s themes entwine tightly around Finnish society and the destinies of working class people. Kaurismäki himself has stated he used to call it a Loser Trilogy instead of Proletariat Trilogy because does not see the main characters as average workers.
The last movie of the Spring will be the second film of Kaurismäki’s “Finland Trilogy”, The Man Without a Past (2002) which won for example the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
All movies have English subtitles.
Welcome to enjoy the Kaurismäki silence!