TIFF Cinematheque Presents - Aki Kaurismaki

31 Jan 2019

TIFF Cinematheque Presents- The Films of Aki Kaursimaki


TIFF Cinematheque presents an exhaustive retrospective of films by Finland’s best known director Aki Kaursmaki.  Well known for his deadpan comedy style, His films are often minimalist with little dialogue.  He has also made a silent film JUHA.  He has a few favourite actors who appear repeatedly in his films.

After graduating in media studies from the University of Tampere, Aki Kaurismäki started his career as a co-screenwriter and actor in films made by his older brother, Mika Kaurismäki.  He played the main role in Mika's film The Liar (1981). Together they founded the production company Villealfa Filmproductions and later the Midnight Sun Film Festival. His debut as an independent director was Crime and Punishment (1983), an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel set in modern Helsinki. He gained worldwide attention with the very funny Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989).

Kaurismaki is one of my favourite directors.  I love hunter and he provides the best.

The rear starts on January the 31st.  For more information on the films, venue, ticket pricing and program, check the TIFF website at:


His full list of  feature films:

Feature films:

My BEST Kaurismaki films:






Film Review of Selected Films:



ARIEL (Finland  1988 ) ***** Top 10
Directed by Aki Kaurismaki


Like DRIFTING CLOUDS, ARIEL is a hilarious deadpan comedy on unemployment in Finland.  The film follows the path of one loner, a poor soul who loses work when the mine closes for good.  he is robbed from all the money he draws from the bank.  But he has the ownership of a car his ex-boss gives to him before he commits suicide.  Yes, it is that deadpan funny.  He almost gets a parking ticket but earns a date from the traffic officer and they go on a   date.  She tells him she hates the officer cap and chucks it away.  The film contains arguably the funniest one night stand segment.  After sex in the morning, she asks: “Are you going to disappear in the morning?”  “No this is forever,” he replies.  “Good, I got to work early in the morning,” she retorts.  He gets imprisoned after attempting to get the money back from the man who robbed him.  ARIEL is to be credited as perhaps history’s funniest depression film.  Besides the laughs, Kaurismaki also captures the desperation of the lovers bringing in suspense and thrills to the story as well. A total delight!


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