Finland 100 celebration: Aki Kaurismäki short films retrospective

BICO (Bico)

Suomija-Portugalija / Finland-Portugal / 2004 / 5 min.

Shot in Portugal, this lyrical documentary is a story of a small mountain village that lives in its own time amidst changes that shape history. The film tells of the past of the village, of the structural changes it has faced, and of men who have to leave the village for long periods of time because of their stonecutting work. When the men are gone, the women rule this village surrounded by snowy mountains, and sheep and cattle wander on once green fields while dogs protect them from the wolves.

LIEJYKLA (The foundry)

Suomija / Finland / 2007 /4 min.

Valimo is part of an episodic film celebrating the Cannes film festival, Chacun son cinema. 35 of the world's best directors were invited to shoot a short story for the film. The anniversary film's theme was cinema. In his episode, Kaurismäki pictured foundry workers who work day and night shifts in Karkkila, Finland. On their lunch break, the men go to watch a movie at the local cinema. They see the brothers Lumière film about workers leaving a factory, La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière à Lyon, from 1895.

PER GROTAS (Thru the wire)

1987 / 6 min.

Nicky escapes from a prison somewhere between Alabama and Utah – sometime in the future. He looks for his girl in various bars and hotels, but all that he sees in his new freedom is that no one cares for the future of human culture.


TAI BUVO DIENOS (Those were the days)

1992 / 5 min

Set in Paris, The Leningrad Cowboys perfom their version of the known song: A solitary man leading a donkey is turned away at a restaurant door, he and the beast walk down to “La Maison du Vin” where, despite a “no donkeys” sign, they enter and the man proceeds to feed the donkey. His care and feeding of the animal impresses the women singing with the band – she and the visitor connect, but who will watch the donkey if they slip away?

BATAI (The boots)

1993 / 5 min.

The history of Finland 1950–69 seen through the eyes of a Leningrad Cowboy as a child. The Leningrad Cowboys version of “These Boots are made for walking” by Nancy Sinatra.


1986 / 9 min.

Rocky defends the Free World, fights against the Siberian boxer Igor – and loses.

TURTINGA MAŽA KALĖ (Rich little bitch)

1987 / 6 min.

"Melrose" performing their song “Rich Little Bitch”, filmed during the shoot of »Hamlet goes business«.

BLUESIA PRIE PIEKSÄMÄEN STOTIES (Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla)

2013 / 18 min.

Filmed in Pakkahuone, Tampere at the anniversary of Radio 957, August 31st 1988.

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