Celebrating Aki Kaurismäki
2.0 hrs
April 06, 2022 7:30 pm Wednesday

The month of April 2022 is dedicated to the finest Finnish Screenwriter & Director, Aki Olavi Kaurismäki, born 4 April 1957.

Kaurismäki is known for his extremely minimalistic style. He has been called an auteur, since he writes, directs, produces, and usually edits the films himself, and thus introduces his personal "drollery and deadpan" style. The dialogue is famously laconic: the articulation is unadorned, direct, and in strict standard language, without showing much emotion or drama. Characters frequently stand still and recite the dialogue as if it consisted of eternal truths or nothing at all. These characters rarely smile, nod sadly, and smoke constantly. The camera is usually still. Events are shown in a plain manner and characters are usually left alone to face the consequences. However, despite their tragedies and setbacks, the characters don't give up and eventually survive.

Movie: Ariel (1988), Dur: 73 minutes

A Finnish coal miner is convicted for a crime he didn't commit and dreams of breaking out to board the 'Ariel'- a ship bound for South America.

The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film and its elements.


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