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Celebrating Aki Kaurismäki
Wed Apr 27, 7:30 PM
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: The Man Without a Past (2002), Dur: 97 minutes

The Man Without a Past (Finnish: Mies vailla menneisyyttä) is a 2002 Finnish comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Starring Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen and Juhani Niemelä, it is the second installment in Kaurismäki's Finland trilogy, the other two films being Drifting Clouds (1996) and Lights in the Dusk (2006). The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002 (the only Finnish film so far) and won the Grand Prix at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

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