Director: Aki KaurismÃ¤ki
Rocky VI is a serious-minded declaration on cultural policy, a collision of Finnish patriotism, multinational mass entertainment and apolitical straightforwardness respectful to Eastern neighbours. Also, Rocky VI is a story about boxing, about dreams and about the healing power of music. The basic question the film asserts is one of the most essential in our times: can an American born in the toilet of McDonald's beat a giant who grew in the steppes of Siberia, in the shadow of sauerkraut? For all this, this age is more to blame than Rocky VI.
Schultze Gets the Blues Germany'a warm-hearted movie with real affection for its eccentric characters' [that] recalls the deadpan drollery and unglamorous working-class characters of Scandinavian dir… More »
“Brilliantly efficient storytelling.” - BBC Passive and isolated, our hero Koistinen is a night watchman, an outcast rejected by the other security guards and snubbed by strangers at the local ba… More »
Another screen version of Dostocvsky's novel, and one of the best Finnish films of recent years. Raskolnikov here is Rahikainen, a former law student, who now works in a slaughterhouse in Helsinki. O… More »
Shadows in Paradise borrows its title from an Erich Maria Remarque novel about wartime refugees. It is an attempt by director Aki Kaurismaki at a realistic love story with scenes taking place in the … More »
A "black and white underground, B-movie classical drama" born out of serious drinking with a friend, Hamlet Goes Business is the only one of Kaurismäki's films winch the director professes to like, … More »