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Kaurismäki-Land: A Sad and Beautiful World

Kaurismäki-Land: A Sad and Beautiful World

How to be a Human: Three Films by Aki Kaurismäki is showing September 18 - October 9, 2020 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.Above: The Other Side of Hope.As Finland’s most successful cinematic export, Aki Kaurismäki is a one-man studio system and potentially a genre unto himself. An auteur in the truest sense, Kaurismäki exercises almost complete control over all elements of his work: from designing his own sets to a distinctly pared-down and deadpan approach to dialogue, along with command over the production and distribution of his films. While Kaurismäki’s films are in many ways innately Finnish, the cinematic worlds which he has created are distinctly his own and could take place anywhere. “Kaurismäki-land” is a land governed by its own rules, a parallel universe that overlaps with our own. The citizens of Kaurismäki-land are mostly working-class romantics and dreamers. Prone to depression, they drink and smoke their

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