Aki Kaurismäki is back with the Cannes film FALLEN LEAVES, a beautiful film about people on the fringes of society who find love. A romantic comedy with a big heart and full of the director's well-known absurd humor.
Ansa works in a low-paid supermarket job where part of her work is throwing away perfectly good food that has expired. When one day she gives out expired food to a hungry passerby, she loses her job. Holappa is heavily alcoholic and works as a construction worker. One day they meet at a karaoke bar and they immediately find the tone.
Aki Kaurismäki is back with Fallen Leaves, a lovely film about people on the fringes of society who find love. This is a romantic comedy with a big heart and packed with the director's well-known absurd humor. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
«An 81-minute film that’s as crisp and bittersweet as a late autumn breeze, Kaurismäki’s latest might amount to little more than a bauble in the end, but it offers a stirring reminder — both with its story, and through the experience of watching it — that life can only be so bleak so long as you can still go to the movies and escape it for a little while.»
– David Ehrlich, IndieWire –
Closing Night Ceremony
FALLEN LEAVES is this year's closing film, and prior to the screening in Ringen Supreme, Sunday 03.09 at 18.00, there will be an awards ceremony. The event will last for 30 minutes and will be in Norwegian. The other two screenings on the same day will not have a related event.
Aki Kaurismäki (b. 1957) is a Finnish director and screenwriter. He is known as one of the most important filmmakers in Finnish cinema, and has among other made the films The Man Without a Past (2002), Le Havre (2011) and The Other Side of Hope (2017).
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Original title Kuolleet lehdet
Director Aki Kaurismäki
Screenplay Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography Timo Salminen
Producer Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Aki Kaurismäki
Cast Alma Pöysti, Alina Tomnikov, Jussi Vatanen
Production Company Sputnik, Oy Bufo Ab
Runtime 1h 21m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Age limit 9
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.