Juha (1999)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Finland, 1999.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki, based on the novel by Juhani Aho.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Anssi Tikanmäki.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Marja-Leena Hukkanen.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.   Aki Kaurismaki films a Postman Always Rings Twice-type story in the vein of a Dreyer silent in this…

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Take Care Of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Pida Huivista Kiinni, Tatjana Finland/Germany, 1994.  Sputnik, Pandora Filmproduktion, Yleisradio.  Screenplay by Sakke Jarvenpaa, Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Veikko Tuomi.  Production Design by Kari Laine, Markku Pätilä, Jukka Salmi.  Costume Design by Tuula Hilkamo.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.   Miniature charmer by Aki Kaurismaki that begins when…

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Drifting Clouds (1996)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    Original title:  Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat Finland, 1996.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Shelley Fisher.  Production Design by Markku Peltola, Jukka Salmi.  Costume Design by Tuula Hilkamo.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cannes Film Festival 1996.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996. Kati Outinen and Kari Väänänen play a couple whose luck never seems…

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Lights In The Dusk (2006)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Laitakaupungin valot Finland/Germany/France, 2006.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Melrose.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.   Aki Kaurismaki goes for film noir in this gorgeously shot piece, played in a minor key.  A shopping mall security guard…

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Hamlet Goes Business (1987)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Finland, 1987.  Villealfa Filmproduction Oy.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki, based on the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Elmore James.  Production Design by Pertti Hilkamo.  Costume Design by Tuula Hilkamo.  Film Editing by Raija Talvio. Aki Kaurismaki applies his humorously brittle style to Shakespeare in this adaptation…

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The Man Without A Past (2002)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Mies Vailla Menneisyytta Finland/Germany/France, 2002.  Bavaria Film, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Filmproduktion, Sputnik, Yleisradio.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Timo Linnasalo.   A metal worker arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten and mugged on his first…

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Le Havre (2011)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Finland/France/Germany, 2011.  Sputnik, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Filmproduktion, Arte France Cinema, ZDF/Arte, Finnish Film Foundation, Canal+, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Yleisradio, CineCinema, Arte France, Région Haute-Normandie, Pôle Image Haute-Normandie.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Production Design by Wouter Zoon.  Costume Design by Frederic Cambier.  Film…

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Spy Games (1999)

ILKKA JARVI-LATURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  History Is Made At Night United Kingdom/France/Germany/Finland, 1999.  Scala Productions, IMA Productions, Smile Entertainment, Helkon Media, Upstream Pictures.  Story by Jean-Pierre Gorin, Patrick Amos, Screenplay by Patrick Amos.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by Amy Hobby, Jonathan Karlsen, Kerry Rock.  Music by Courtney Pine.  Production Design by Zoe MacLeod, Anna Rackard.  Costume Design…

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Sauna (2008)

ANTTI-JUSSA ANNILA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Finland/Czech Republic, 2008.  Bronson Club, Etic Pictures, Yleisradio.  Screenplay by Iiro Kuttner.  Cinematography by Henri Blomberg.  Produced by Jesse Fryckman, Tero Kaukomaa.  Music by Panu Aaltio.  Production Design by Beda Vladimir Dvorak, Antti Nikkinen, Ville Vauras.  Costume Design by Anna Vilppunen.  Film Editing by Joona Louhivuori.   The war between Finland and Russia is over, leaving the…

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