Library Aki Kaurismäki
- Library Aki Kaurismäki
This so-called "film" is a rather manic story of seventeen young braves who, spitting in the face of all kind of dangers, don their dark glasses and set off on a desperate trek from the working-class quarter of town to the Eldorado of the fashionable waterfront.
»Crime and Punishment« is a modern adaptation of the classical crime story by F.M. Dostoevsky - but faithful in its spirit to the original.
A bloody power-struggle has taken place at the top of a large company. Who murdered the general director? Will the mills be sold in exchange for the world-monopoly in rubber-ducks? Where is the driver's cap?
Henri Boulanger wants to die, for reasons too personal to be explained here. Since his helpless attempts to end his days go down the drain, he ends up hiring a contract killer to send him to happier rubber-stamping grounds.
I had planned to film »Juha« almost as long as we had planned to make a silent movie with composer Anssi Tikanmäki. One day we were clever enough to put the ideas together and the catastrophe was ready.
The Leningrad Cowboys perform a cover of the famous song by The Doors.
Rodolfo, a refugee from Albania and a great painter, Marcel, a great French poet, and Schaunard, a great Irish composer, become acquainted by chance while chasing each on the same battlefield, by every imaginable means, a beast called the fivefranc coin.
The story of a shoeshiner, who tries to save a refugee child.
Somewhere in the tundra, in no-man's land, lives the worst rock'n'roll band in the world, an outfit with no audience and absolutely no commercial potential. And so they decide to bury their national sentiments and go to the United States ...
After years of fame and misfortune in Mexico, the members of the worst rock'n'roll band in the world set off back home, to their native village in Siberia. They are guided by Vladimir, their former manager, who now calls himself Moses.
"Melrose" performing their song "Rich Little Bitch", filmed during the shoot of »Hamlet goes business«.
Rocky defends the Free World, fights against the Siberian boxer Igor - and loses.
»Take Care of your Scarf« - Tatjana« is a road-movie about the unbelievable adventures of two Finnish men, driving a black Volga station wagon through Southern Finland some time in the mid-sixties.
»Drifting Clouds« is a film about unemployment with a happy ending.
»Lights in the dusk« concludes the trilogy began by the »Drifting Clouds« and the »The Man Without a Past«. Where the trilogy's first film was about unemployment and the second about homelessness, the theme of »Lights in the dusk« is loneliness.
»The Man without a Past« delivers a new edge to the story that stirred viewers all around the world in »Drifting Clouds«.
The paths of a Syrian refugee and a Finnish travelling salesman cross in the asphalt jungle called Helsinki.
»Ariel« is dedicated to the memory of Finnish reality. The film begins as an unemployment story, picking up romantic overtones before turning into a description of prison life completed with a break-out, and finally becoming a crime tale.
The terrifying mouth of a garbage crusher, the sea crushing upon the shore, a few kisses and the tragicomic life in a metropolis. »Shadows in Paradise« tells the love story of a garbage truck driver and a supermarket cashier.
Suddenly, last spring, I was running aimlessly round the city, talking too much and twisting and shaking my head in the most ridiculous way. The next day I spent lying silently under my bed and hated myself bitterly. In revenge I decided to make a film that will make Robert Bresson seem like a director of epic action pictures.
The history of Finland 1950-69 seen through the eyes of a Leningrad Cowboy as a child. The Leningrad Cowboys version of "These Boots are made for walking" by Nancy Sinatra.
Set in Paris, The Leningrad Cowboys perfom their version of the known song: 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, they enter and the man proceeds to feed the donkey.
Nicky escapes from a prison somewhere between Alabama and Utah - sometime in the future. He looks for his girl in various bars and hotels, but all that he sees in his new freedom is that no one cares for the future of human culture.
»Total Balalaika Show« is a documentary on the concert of the "Leningrad Cowboys" and the "Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble", an extraordinary, unforgettable encounter of the old and the new, of East and West.
The men work in the foundry day and night. Finally they get hungry.