Aki KAURISMÄKI Finland 2023 81 min PG13 (Some Coarse Language and Violence)
The Finnish deadpan master returns with a deft comedy of two lonely souls who might make first love work between them.
By day, Ansa is an exploited retail worker. Her nights are no better: she comes home to a radio that brings only news of the Ukraine invasion. Things start to look up when she meets sincere metalworker Holappa, though his stubborn alcoholism proves to be an obstacle.
In Kaurismäki’s signature wry style, this world still holds its working class in laughably minor regard, cities are frosty, and interactions bone-dry as always. But beneath the ice is a longing for meaningful connections to beat the isolation. Filled with the charm of foot-tapping music, cinematic echoes and gentle affection, Fallen Leaves is most precious when it becomes a force of solidarity: even if it may not start a revolution, it could move a dormant heart.
4 Dec, Mon 4:00PM / 81 min
10 Dec, Sun 6:30PM / 81 min
AT THE FEST!
Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis.
All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.
Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!
PG13 (Some Coarse Language and Violence)
Finnish director Aki KAURISMÄKI is renowned for his humanistic films, along with a singularly droll and unromantic view of Helsinki. His films are a frequent mainstay at festivals like Cannes, where he won the Grand Prix for The Man Without a Past (2002). Fallen Leaves (2023), his 20th feature, took home the FIPRESCI Grand Prix at the same festival.
Finnish Film Foundation