KRISTINA in development

Mika Kaurismäki is currently developing a feature film project about the Swedish Queen Kristina, starring Swedish actress Malin Buska. Set in the 17th century, the film paints a portrait of an extravagant and atypical queen, who was the ruler of her country from the age of seven until her startling abdication at 28.

The film is scripted by Canadian award-winning screenwriter Michel Marc Bouchard and the cinematography will be by renowned Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Hero).

The co-production by Sweden’s Anagram, Canada’s Triptych Media, Germany’s Starhaus Filmproduktion and Mika Kaurismäki’s Marianna Films is scheduled to commence principal photography in 2013 on mainly Swedish locations.


The King - Jari Litmanen, directed by Arto Koskinen and produced by Mika Kaurismäki, had its premiere on the September 28 in Finland. The opening week was very strong with almost 12 000 admissions, which is one of the best results of a documentary film in Finland ever.

The King - Jari Litmanen is a story of the most famous Finnish professional football (soccer) player and icon Jari Litmanen, often referred as the "king" or "artist”. The film is about what it takes to make it in football but it’s also a personal exploration revealing who Litmanen really is – the family man, the human being.

We also delve into the sacrifices he's made in his private life and naturally, about how football has impacted his world. We travel to Lahti, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Liverpool and other footprints of his past and meet his former team-mates, coaches and friends, like Bergkamp, Van der Saar, De Boer, Overmars, Puyol, Xavi, Gerrard, Ibrahimavic, Van Gaal, and many other football legends.

The film also covers the major turning points in his childhood, the top moments of his professional career, conflicts with coaches and inevitable injuries. We are also left to ponder just when and how Litmanen will finally end his long and distinguished career.

The King - Jari Litmanen will have its international premiere in November at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA), where the film will be screened in the Reflecting Images - Panorama program.



Road North (Tie Pohjoiseen, 2012), directed by Mika Kaurismäki, had its premiere on August 24 in Finland. It had a very strong opening week at the Finnish box office where it dominated the number one spot during August 24 - 30, 2012, racking up 63 613 admissions and easily outdistancing all the Hollywood competition. Since its opening it has continued performing very well, in its sixth week in cinemas it achieved the 200 000 admissions' landmark, which is very rare in Finland. Road North is the most successful film by Mika Kaurismäki, or any Kaurismäki film, in Finland so far.

Road North is a darkly comic and touching road movie about a prodigal father who returns to see his son 35 years after abandoning him. Set against the vast expanse of the Finnish landscape, Road North stars the country’s leading film and music icons, Vesa-Matti Loiri (Leo) and Samuli Edelmann (Timo) as the estranged father and son. Comically polar opposites, the two head north in a stolen car, journeying through quirky pit-stops and shocking revelations until Timo finally comes to understand and empathize with his father.

Loiri, who brings the charismatic and eccentric Leo to life, is a multitalented actor who during the course of a career spanning 50 years has appeared in more than 70 films and has recorded 32 top-selling music albums. Starring in the role of Timo is Samuli Edelmann, one of Finland’s most popular actors and singers, best known to North American audiences for his role as henchman Wistrom in Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).

Road North had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8 in the Contemporary World Cinema program.

TORONTO FILM SCENE reviews 'Road North'

...What begins as a dubious film about a man trying to reconnect with his son becomes a beautiful family story that is unpredictable in the same way life is.

Despite being a twist on the old “Prodigal Son” story, Road North falls into none of the usual “found parent/sibling/child” movies, instead preferring to focus its energy on storytelling and character building... (Read the whole article)

VARIETY reviews 'Road North'

...The views of the vast and beautiful Finnish countryside, the music choices and the casting of two of the country's most beloved performers all show Kaurismaki celebrating his patrimony even as he gently satirizes male relationships. The overall tone is sweeter than usual for the helmer/co-writer, without being overly sentimental.

Central performances are broad but engaging. Sharp production package is appropriately colorful. (Read the whole article)

Road North won the Audience Choice Award at the First Saint-Petersburg Inernational Film Festival on September 30
Link: People’s Choice Award at SPIFF 2012

THE YELLOW AFFAIR sells Mika Kaurismäki's films

The Finnish-Swedish company The Yellow Affair, represented by its managing director Miira Paasilinna, sells Mika Kaurismäki's latest films Road North and Brothers. It also represents Mikas's new project in development Kristina of Sweden and the documentary The King - Jari Litmanen produced by Mika Kaurismäki.

The Yellow Affair
Cell(Swe): +46 76 199 3166 /Cell (Fin): +358 50 548 1851

Paris based company Wide Management is the sales agent of Mika Kaurismäki's older titles including The House of Branching Love and Three Wise Men.

Wide Management Entreprise Sarl
Tel. +33 1 5395 0464, Fax +33 1 5395 0465

Amsterdam based Fortissimo represents Mika Kaurismäki's Mama Africa, the acclaimed documentary about the South-African singer Miriam Makeba.


MAMA AFRICA travels again

Mika's documentary MAMA AFRICA world premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February, where it was presented in the Panorama section. The film received an Audience Award (2nd place). After Berlin the film received several festival invitations and it was already shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and and the Hot Docs in Toronto. Mama Africa's tour goes on, the next festivals are Seattle, Midnight Sun Film Festival, Edinburgh and Sheffield...

"Mama Africa" is a documentary about the recently deceased South African icon Miriam Makeba, who traveled with her powerful music around the world to spread her political message against racism and poverty and for equality and peace. "Mama Africa" is the homage to this extraordinary and impressive artist who incarnates the voice and the hope of Africa.

Fortissimo Films handles the world sales of "Mama Africa".

BROTHERS premiered

"Mika Kaurismäki's new feature film "Brothers" had its Finnish premiere on the March 18. The film was made in the same actor-centered method as the THREE WISE MEN (2008), starring Kari Heiskanen, Pertti Sveholm, Timo Torikka, Liisa Mustonen, Mari Perankoski, Vesa Vierikko and Esko Salminen.

"Brothers" is a satirical portrayal of a reunion of three brothers with their father. Ivar (51, writer), Mitja (49, film producer), and Torsti (51, caretaker) are brothers, who have a mutual father, Paavo (70), but they all have different mothers. They haven´t seen each other for a long time, but meet now at their father´s 70th birthday. They start sorting out their relationships revealing some painful memories of their past and unpleasant truths about their father, who they all blame for the failures in their lives."

VESKU and SAMULI ride together

Two major Finnish stars Vesku alias Vesa-Matti Loiri and Samuli Edelmann (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) will lead in Mika's next Finnish feature road movie "Road to North". The father-son story will go in production in August this year.


Mika Kaurismäki's documentary "Vesku from Finland" was released in Finland on the September 3rd, 2010 and it made the best ever opening of a Finnish documentary in the Box office charts. Meanwhile the film has been seen in cinemas already by close to 40.000 spectators and the DVD has sold over 40.000 units.

"Vesku from Finland" is a film about Vesa-Matti Loiri alias Vesku, probably the most popular film and TV comedian in Finland. He has created a significant career also as a singer, performer, writer and as a sportsman. He has recorded several albums, from folk songs and couplets to tangos. Some of his recordings are based on the lyrics of Hermann Hesse or Eino Leino, the infamous Finnish poet. During his unique career he has played in more than 60 films and recorded 30 albums.

Development heaven

Mika Kaurismäki has currently several projects in development (selection):

"Queen Kristina", an epic feature drama about the legendary Queen of Sweden.
- Written by Michel Marc Bouchard, produced by Anna Stratton

"Road to North", a father-son road movie, from Helsinki to Lapland.
- Written by Sami Keski-Vähälä

"Midsummer Moon", a family re-union drama comedy set in Pyhäjärvi, a remote little town in Finland.
- Written by Richard Rayner

"Malandro" set in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), a classic "buddy" road movie and an action comedy, which licfollows the absurd adventures of the hapless Malandro and his unlikely accomplice Sven, a straight-laced Swedish poeman...
- Written by Simon Brook, producer Lauranne Bourrachot/Chic Films

"Patagonia Express" set in Patagonia, based on the short stories of Luis Sepulveda.
- Producer: Luis Bellaba

"Dada incarnate", an odyssey of the ex-rock idol Rat Oppenheimer. In 2005 he got into serious trouble with the law while living in Los Angeles and spent four days evading capture while at the same time attempted to get his many personal problems resolved. In his own words Rat Oppenheimer recounts his story over those four days in dark, dramatic and even comedic detail.
- Written by Paul Charles

MAMA AFRICA in post-production

Mika Kaurismäki's latest documentary "Mama Africa" is nearly completed.

"Mama Africa" is a documentary about the recently deceased South African icon Miriam Makeba, who traveled with her powerful music around the world to spread her political message against racism and poverty and for equality and peace. "Mama Africa" is the homage to this extraordinary and impressive artist who incarnates the voice and the hope of Africa.

Fortissimo Films handles the world sales of "Mama Africa".


"The House of Branching Love" (Haarautuvan rakkauden talo, 2009) has meanwhile nearly 150.000 admissions in Finland and it was also one of the best selling DVDs in Finland last year.

The film has been sold to approx. 20 countries. Besides Finland and Norway it premiered so far in Canada in Septembr 2010 (Union Pictures), in France in October (Kanibal Films) and the premiere in Brazil will be in November 2010 (Imovision).

The motto of the film, "Breaking up is hard to do. Staying together is even harder." is a compact characterization of this edgy comedy.

THREE WISE MEN awarded in Mexico

Mika Kaurismäki's Three Wise Men cleaned the table by winning both the Best Film Award (Cabrito del Plata) and the Audience Award at the 5th Monterrey International Film Festival in Mexico on the August 31st, 2009.

Three Wise Men awarded in Tallinn

Kari Heiskanen, Pertti Sveholm and Timo Torikka were jointly awarded the Best Actor Award for THREE WISE MEN at the 12th Tallin Black Nights Film Festival.

"The excellent screenplay is supported by exact directing and great acting. A completely enjoyable psychological drama, with a profound subtext and philosophy, and no forced symbolism."
(Tiina Lokk, Festival Director)

THREE WISE MEN is completed

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Mika Kaurismäki opened a Brazilian restaurant in Helsinki

Mika Kaurismäki, together with Antti Piippo and Sergio Machado, has opened a Brazilian restaurant BOSSA on Annankatu 21 in Helsinki. The restaurant also has a separate bar and downstairs a club for live music. For more information, go to

THE HOUSE OF BRANCHING LOVE in post-production

Mika Kaurismäki’s new film is in post-production. The principal photography took place in July-August 2008. The premiere is planned for August 2009.

The film is based on Petri Karra’s debut novel, which was published in Finland this October. It’s a story of a family therapist Juhani Helin, 35, and business trainer Tuula Helin, 34, who decide to divorce in a civilized manner, but when the box of pandora of their marriage flies open, it releases the plagues of love and hate.

The film starrs among others Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Elina Knihtilä, Kati Outinen, Antti Reini, Tommi Eronen, Irina Björklund and Kari Väänänen.

THREE WISE MEN in post-production

Mika Kaurismäki is currently editing his latest feature film Three Wise Men, starring Kari Heiskanen, Pertti Sveholm and Timo Torikka. The film was shot in January in Helsinki.

Five more titles remastered

HELSINKI NAPOLI – ALL NIGHT LONG, CHA CHA CHA, PAPERSTAR, AMAZON and ZOMBIE & THE GHOST TRAIN have been digitally remastered. All the DVDs have as extra material Mika Kaurismäki's interview and several language options, f.ex Swedish and English subtitles.

Last year Future Film already released Mika’s first five digitally remastered films of the Mika Kaurismäki Collection: "The Liar", "Jackpot 2", "The Worthless", "The Clan - Tale of the Frogs" and "Rosso".

Wide Management sells Mika Kaurismäki's films

Paris based company Wide Management, represented by Loic Magneron, is the foreign sales agent of Mika Kaurismäki's films.

Wide Management Entreprise Sarl, 42bis, rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France, Tel. +33 1 5395 0464, Fax +33 1 5395 0465

SONIC MIRROR will be released in cinemas

Sonic Mirror will premiere in Finland on the April 25th. Billy Cobham will come to Helsinki to promote the film. The film is distributed by Future Film.

In France Sonic Mirror will be released on the June 19th. The French distributor is Les Films du Paradoxe.

Later this year Sonic Mirror will be distributed in other countries, like in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.


Vision du Réel, festival international du cinéma, Nyon, 2007
International competition
Catalogue/Carine Bernasconi

Three different places, spaces and beats.

In Finland, at the Espoo Jazz Festival, Billy Cobham, one of the world's most gifted drummers whose playing speed and rhythmic skill are impressive, accompanies a local big band at an exceptional evening concert. In Bahia, in the north of Brazil, Larissa, Bruno and Nego, all just about ten years old, rehearse to join Malê, a group of percussionists. These children, who aspire more than anything else to join the musicians and to play in public, see in music and dance a gateway to the future and a way of accessing their most profound aspirations.

In Switzerland, in a reception centre for autists, therapists have patients react to rhythms played in a workshop. Guiding their movements, they try to communicate feelings and emotions with the help of drums, xylophones or triangles. Placed next to each other, these sequences appear ill assorted. Yet little by little, this heterogeneous impression is dissolved in the music. No languorous melody or vocal prowess here, only rhythm!

Billy Cobham - providing the link just like the music - travels around the world approaching us all to get to know each other via percussion. Whether he accompanies the Brazilian children, joining in their play with his drumsticks, or the handicapped, there is only one language: rhythm.

In the dazzling final sequence uniting all protagonists in a performance where everyone produces the sound and the rhythm felt individually, Billy Cobham, who is always slightly apart behind his instrument, seems to be surprised by the way rhythm can overcome mental and physical barriers. The bodies start stirring and even the most withdrawn persons begin to interact with the exterior, opening up to another world than their own.

Beyond his knowledge and passion for Brazil and its music, Mika Kaurismâki shows how rhythm bas the virtue of producing real encounters between people who have little in common. The place of this mysterious syncretism is in this Sonic Mirror that the film¬maker proffers to them and proposes to us. (cb -Translation: chu)


Brasileirinho was released in the US by Milan Entertainment on the January 23, 2007. (

Rio Filmes has acquired the distribution rights of Brasileirinho for Brazil, the start in cínemas is planned for May 2007.


Future Film released on the December 5, 2006 the first five digitally remastered films of the Mika Kaurismäki Collection: "The Liar", "Jackpot 2", "The Worthless", "The Clan - Tale of the Frogs" and "Rosso". All the DVDs have as extra material Mika Kaurismäki's interview and several language options, f.ex Swedish and English subtitles.

The next five remastered DVDs will be released later this year, including "Helsinki Napoli - all night long", "Cha Cha Cha" and "Zombie and the Ghost Train".

Earlier Future Film has alrerady released the DVDs of "Honey Baby", "Moro no Brasil" and "Brasilierinho".


Milan Records has acquired the North-American distribution rights for “Brasileirinho”. Milan Records will also release the soundtrack of the film. Mika Kaurismäki’s “Moro no Brasil” is also distributed by the company. (Click for more info)

The distribution rights of “Brasileirnho” have been sold so far to more than 30 countries; it has been in cinemas already in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Australia, Greece, Switzerland etc. and is currently playing in Germany, Austria and Finland. Later this year it will still premiere at least in Brasil, Japan and UK. German based Tropical Music has released the soundtrack of the film. (Click for more info)


Avaricia Films released “Honey Baby” in Spain on the July 27, 2006. The film opened in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla and continued to other cities.


Honey Baby will be released in June in Spain by Avaricia Films.

Honey Baby was released in January in Germany by Cinex Films


Brasileirinho was released in Spain on the May 5, 2006 by Aquelarre Servicios Cinematográficos (link)

Brasileirinho will be released on the June 1st in Greece by Neaniko Plano (Youth Plan)

Brasileirinho will be released in June in Australia by Sharmill Films

Brasileirinho will be released in Italy by Mikado Films (link)

Brasileirinho will be released in June in Germany by Cinex Films.


Moro no Brasil was released in Brazil by Pandora Filmes. It was first shown in Sao Paulo and Brasilia, in May it will start in Rio de Janeiro (link)

Milan Records will release Moro no Brasil in the US in June.


Sonic Mirror is in post-production:

Mika Kaurismäki wishes everybody Peaceful and Succesful New Year!

Mika's new production SONIC MIRROR wrapped in Salvador (Bahia/Brazil) on the December 4th. The film was shot in Finland, Switzerland, the US and Brazil between April and December 2005. The editing of the film will start in January 2006 in Berlin. For more information about Sonic Mirror, please, click at:

Brasileirinho will be released on the 31st of August / 17.08.2005

Brasileirinho will be released on the 31st of August in France and
Switzerland and on the 28th of September in Belgium. The film will be released also in Italy, Spain, Greece, Holland, Poland etc. later this year.

The CD of Brasileirinho will be released on the 22nd of August by MK2 Music (

For more information check the following websites:


The film has been shown in several film festivals, including Berlin, Nyon, Buenos Aires, New Zealand, Troia and in Poland, where it was awarded the Grand Prix at the Iberoamerican Film Festival.

Mika Kaurismäki has started filming Sonic Mirror with Billy Cobham
/ 17.08.2005

Mika Kaurismäki has started filming Sonic Mirror with Billy Cobham. Sonic Mirror is a musical documentary film, presenting a journey with Billy Cobham into several different musical cultures.

See more at:

Honey Baby will be released in Germany by Cinex Filmverleih
/ 04.06.2005

Honey Baby

Honey Baby will be released in Finland by Future Films. The opening night will be on the February 4th, 2005. Later Honey Baby will be released in Germany, France, Latvia, Russia etc.

Mika Kaurismäki’s film Honey Baby is a road movie starring Henry Thomas and Irina Björklund. It's a love story, sentimental and comical, dark and bizarre, full of surrealistic moments. It is a magical mystery tour from Germany to Murmansk, inspired by the Greek myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice".

Tom is an American songwriter and musician, who is on tour in the Baltics. Natasha is a Russian girl, returning home from Germany, where she was supposed to marry a wealthy businessman. She had realised, that she didn’t love him and decided to run away just before the wedding.

Natasha‘s and Tom‘s paths cross in Kaliningrad and they start to travel together. The outside world is in change, but also their personal lives are in a turning point. For a moment, desillusion is won by illusion, but when the snake enters the paradise, the brutal reality strikes back.

The film was shot on location in Kaliningrad, Latvia, Russia and Germany. The cast also includes Helmut Berger, Kari Väänänen and Bela B.

Wide Management sells Brasileirinho and Honey Baby / 08.03.2005

Paris based company Wide Management, represented by Loic Magneron, has acquired the foreign sales rights to Brasileirinho and Honey Baby.

Loic Magneron, Wide Management Entreprise Sarl, 42bis, rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France, Tel. +33 1 5395 0464, Fax +33 1 5395 0465,

Brasileirinho was a big success in Berlin / 08.03.2005

Brasileirinho was a big success at the Berlinale 2005. All the screenings were sold out in the shortest time and the audience was wild with enthusiasm. Loic Magneron, the head of the world sales company Wide Management has confirmed, that the film has been sold nearly to 20 countries so far, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux and Japan, and further negotiations are in full swing.

Mika Kaurismäki´s film Brasileirinho to Berlinale / 16.12.2004

Mika Kaurismäki´s brand new documentary film Brasileirinho has been chosen to the Forum of Berlinale. The films of Kaurismäki brothers have traditionally belonged to the gems of the innovative programme of Forum. The dates of Berlinale are February 10th – 20th 2005, the first screening of Brasilerinho will be on the February 12th.

Mika Kaurismäki and Braisleirinho travel to Berlin together with a group of musicians appearing in the film. Brasilerinho shows the history and above all today´s vitality of one of the most original Brazilian musical styles, choro music, or chorinho, as it´s often called. As the first real Brazilian instrumental music, choro has evolved over 130 years into a fascinating modern tropical music form. It was back in the late 19th century in Rio de Janeiro when Brazilian musicians stopped composing and playing the European way and started to mix for the first time European melodies and afro-rythms, creating choro. Mostly instrumental, choro was performed in dancing and concert halls and can be understood as the first musical expression of the then emerging urban middle class in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil´s melting pot.

Choro remained the main popular music style until the 1920s, leading directly to samba and later to bossa nova. World known music titles are Tico-tico no fubá and Brasileirinho and since its very beginning, almost every Brazilian composer has been influenced by and composed choros, from Villa-Lobos to Nazaré, Baden Powell, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Toquinho, Paulinho da Viola, Hermeto Pascoal, Guinga and many more.

After some more silent years, choro music has made a remarkable come-back since 1990. Albeit counting with little exposure in today´s comercial entertainment media, choro is being rediscovered by Brazil´s younger generation and the rare concerts fill with enthusiasm the public in Europe, the USA and in Japan. Modern choro covers a diversity of styles, from chamber orchestras to dance bands, the so-called gafieiras and jazz-inspired combos, all with the unmistakable Brazilian sound. After the discorvery of the tango, salsa, samba and flamenco, choro remains the last authentic Latino music to be brought to international life.

The film presents outstanding artists like Trio Madeira Brasil, Paulo Moura, Yamandu, Elza Soares, Guinga, Marcos Suzano, Zeze Gonzaga, Ademilde Fonseca, Zé da Velha, Joel Nascimento, Luciana Rabelo, Mauricio Garrilho, Teresa Cristina and many more.

Honey Baby in Los Angeles / 22.12.2004

Honey Baby has been invited to the Scandinavian Film Festival in Los
Angeles. It will be screened on the January 15th, 2005. The lead actors
Henry Thomas and Irina Björklund will be present at the screening.

Moro no Brasil concludes very successful tour in Ireland / 04.12.2004

Access Cinema has made a following announcement on its website (

Moro no Brasil concludes very successful tour! 30 November, 2004

Music documentary Moro no Brasil finished its tour of access CINEMA venues as well as other venues including the KINO Arthouse in Cork, Queen's Film Theatre in Belfast and the Irish Film Institute in Dublin in mid November. Over 800 people saw the film in one of the 8 venues and response to the film was very positive. access CINEMA would like to thank its Media Partner, The Irish Times for their generous sponsorship of this event.

Mika Kaurismäki and Future Film signed a DVD-deal / 01.12.2004

The Finnish company Future Film ( has acquired the
worldwide DVD rights to several films by Mika Kaurismäki. The deal includes also TV sales rights to many of his earlier titles.

Honey Baby up for the European Film Awards / 21.09.2004

Honey Baby made it into the selection of the 40 European films running for the European Film Awards 2004. Choosing from this list, the 1,600 members of the European Film Academy will, in the coming weeks, select the nominations in the different award categories.

Around 400 films have been submitted for the Selection list and from these films, the European Film Academy has chosen 42 which it recommends to the Academy members as candidates for a nomination.

The 17th EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS ceremony will take place in Barcelona, Dec 11, 2004.

Mika Kaurismäki’s retrospective in Munich / 10.06.2004

The Film Festiival of Munich (Filmfest München) shows a complete retrospective of Mika and Aki Kaurismäki’s work starting on the June 26th.

See more at:

Moro no Brasil returns to German cinemas / 10.06.2004

The film played succesfully in German cinemas in 2002 and will now be re-released by distribution company Wfilm.

For more details and dates see at:

Moro no Brasil in cinemas in Italy / 23.05.2004

Italian distribution company Sharada released Moro no Brasil in cinemas on the May 12th. Click:

for more info and reviews.

Moro no Brasil is also still playing in cinemas in Germany, France, Japan,
Canada and the US.

Tigrero – a film that was never made released on DVD / 23.05.2004

US company Fantoma released Tigrero – a film that was never made on DVD on the May 25th. Special features include audio commentary by Jim Jarmusch and Mika Kaurismäki. Click for more.

UNE SOIF DE LIBERTÉ Mika Kaurismäki’s retrospective in Paris / 19.04.2004

April 2- June 8, 2004

Reservations: tel 01 40 51 89 09

Institut finlandais
60, rue des Écoles 75005 Paris
Métro : Cluny – La Sorbonne



du 2 avril au 8 juin 2004

« Une soif de liberté » ; c’est ainsi qu’a été caractérisée l’œuvre cinématographique de Mika Kaurismäki. L’expression n’aurait pu être mieux choisie : indépendance d’esprit, autonomie de production, inventivité de formes, diversité de genres, multiplicité de langues et de pays mais aussi audace d’écriture et d’expression, la liberté est le maître mot de ce réalisateur, producteur et scénariste, né en 1955 à Orimattila, en Finlande.

Les séances de cinéma auront lieu le vendredi et le mardi à 19 h.

Prix : 3,50 euros

Réservation indispensable au : 01 40 51 89 09

Institut finlandais
60, rue des Écoles 75005 Paris
Métro : Cluny – La Sorbonne

2.4. & 6.4. à 19 h
Les Indignes / Arvottomat

avec Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas, Esko Nikkari
1982 – 1 h 45 – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Ce premier long métrage des frères Kaurismäki est imprégné de la poésie mélancolique des bars minables et des dancings de campagne. Les Indignes est surtout un road movie, genre cinématographique que Mika Kaurismäki affectionne tout particulièrement.

3.4.* & 13.4. à 19 h
Le Menteur / Valehtelija

avec Aki Kaurismäki, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas, Lars Lindberg, Esa Sirkkunen
1981 – 52 min – 35 mm – noir et blanc – VO sous-titrée en français
Ce premier moyen métrage de Mika Kaurismäki est aussi le début commun des frères Kaurismäki. Le film, tourné par Mika et écrit par Aki, raconte le destin d’un menteur incurable Ville Alfa, mémorablement interprété par Aki.
Jackpot 2

avec Martti Syrjä, Jukka Mikkola, Tiina Bergström, Matti Pellonpää, Eero Tuomikoski
1982 – 35 min – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Jackpot 2 est une histoire de trois jeunes à Helsinki après une catastrophe. Le trio s’amuse toujours, réfléchit à la vie et fait des projets pour le futur ; et joue au flipper…

16.4. & 20.4. à 19 h
Le Clan – La Famille des Grenouilles / Klaani – Tarina Sammakoitten suvusta

avec Markku Halme, Minna Soisalo, Lasse Pöysti, Juhani Niemelä, Kari Väänänen, Antti Litja
d’après le roman de Tauno Kaukonen Klaani
1984 – 1 h 35 – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Les Grenouilles, famille picaresque marquée par une tendance innée à la tromperie et à la petite délinquance, ne sont pas plus mauvaises que les autres mais veulent vivre libres. Le fils cadet Alexandre le Grand Grenouille veut quand même se délivrer de la tradition.

23.4. & 27.4 . à 19 h

avec Kari Väänänen, Martti Syrjä, Leena Harjupatana
1985 – 1 h 17 – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Giancarlo Rosso, un mafioso italien, est envoyé en Finlande pour une mission dont il ignore le contenu. A son arrivée à Helsinki, il comprend qu’il doit assassiner Marja, son ancienne compagne... Rosso est l’un des plus beaux films de Mika Kaurismäki, porté par deux comédiens d’exception, Kari Väänänen et Martti Syrjä, chanteur charismatique du groupe de rock Eppu Normaali qui a marqué la scène musicale finlandaise des années 1970 et 1980.

30.4. & 4.5. à 19 h
Helsinki Napoli All Night Long

avec Kari Väänänen, Roberta Manfredi, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Margi Clarke, Nino Manfredi
Finlande/Allemagne – 1987 – 1 h 34 – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Le protagoniste de Helsinki Napoli All Night Long, un chauffeur de taxi, se trouve impliqué dans un drôle de grabuge et ne peut s’en sortir qu’avec l’aide de sa famille. Ce film se situe à Berlin qui est une ville à mi-chemin entre Helsinki et Naples, et comme la ville, les héros eux aussi – un chauffeur de taxi finlandais travaillant à Berlin et des émigrants italiens – sont à mi-chemin de leur maison.

7.5. à 19 h
Cha Cha Cha

avec Sanna Fransman, Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen ja Siiri Nordin
1989 – 1 h 28 min – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Cha cha cha est une comédie mais aussi une satire qui décrit la situation où l’attente de l’héritage d’un million de marks fait changer les rôles d’un sans-abri et un vendeur de voitures de classe moyenne. Cha cha cha est un film sur les personnes vraies, sur la vie vraie et sur les rêves fous.

18.5. à 19 h
Amazon / Amazone

avec Robert Davi, Rae Dawn Chong, Kari Väänänen, Minna Sovio, Aili Sovio, Rui Polanah
1990 – 1 h 36 – 35 mm – noir et blanc – VO sous-titrée en français

Dans ce film Mika Kaurismäki a fait joindre un film d’aventure et de romance avec un cri de détresse pour les forêts tropicales et les indiens. La fuite d’un directeur de banque finlandais au Brésil offre du suspense et de l’amour, mais aussi des réfléchissements sur la relation entre l’homme occidental et la nature.

21.5. & 25.5. à 19 h
Zombie et le train fantôme / Zombie ja kummitusjuna

avec Silu Seppälä, Marjo Leinonen, Matti Pellonpää, Vieno Saaristo
1991 – 1 h 28 – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Des flocons de neige qui tombent lentement sur la capitale finlandaise ; Istanbul et ses ruelles sinueuses transies par le froid ; des vapeurs d’alcool… Commençant comme un road-movie classique Zombie et le train fantôme se transforme progressivement en un superbe film fantastique.

28.5. & 1.6. à 19 h
I Love L.A. / L.A. Without a Map

avec Vinessa Shaw, David Tennant, Julie Delpy, Vincent Gallo, Cameron Bancroft
d’après le roman de Richard Rayner L.A. Without a Map
UK/Finlande/France – 1999 – 1 h 47 – 35 mm – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Le film commence dans la grisaille de Bradford. Richard, héritier d'une entreprise de pompes funèbres, rencontre lors d'un enterrement, Barbara une jeune et belle californienne. Actrice et momentanément serveuse, de passage en Angleterre, elle doit repartir le soir même. Richard, qui n'est jamais sorti de chez lui, décide alors de tout quitter pour la rejoindre à Los Angeles.

4.6. & 8.6. à 19 h
Moro no Brasil

documentaire, avec Margareth Menezes, Walter Alfaiate, Antonio Nobrega
Allemagne/Brésil/France/Finlande – 2002 – 1 h 45 – couleur – VO sous-titrée en français

Il faut tout le talent et la passion d’un Mika Kaurismäki pour raconter avec rigueur, et avec un respect absolu, l’histoire de styles musicaux brésiliens tells que le frevo, le maracatu, le coco, l’embolada, le forro et la samba. Moro no Brasil est la déclaration d’amour de Mika Kaurismäki à ce pays, devenu sa patrie d’adoption depuis plus que dix ans.

* samedi

Moro no Brasil / 15.07.2003

Moro no Brasil opened in France in June 2003 for superb reviews.


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