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Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers, and together have been responsible for ... See full bio »

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(2002)
(1992)
Drifting Clouds Producer
(1996)

Filmography

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 2017 The Other Side of Hope (producer)
 2013 Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla (Documentary short) (producer)
 2012 Centro Histórico (producer - segment "Guimarães")
 2011 Le Havre (producer)
 2011 Barzakh (Documentary) (producer)
 2010 Bad Family (producer)
 2009 Joan of Arc (Short) (production)
 2007 The Foundry (Short) (producer)
 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (producer - segment "La Fonderie")
 2006 Lights in the Dusk (producer)
 2004 Visions of Europe (producer - segment "Bico")
 2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (producer - segment "Dogs Have No Hell")
 2002 The Man Without a Past (producer)
 2001 Klassikko (executive producer)
 2000 A Stone Left Unturned (Short) (producer)
 1999 Juha (producer)
 1997 The Quiet Village (producer)
 1996 Employment Agent (Short) (producer)
 1996 Drifting Clouds (producer)
 1994 Iron Horsemen (producer)
 1994 Total Balalaika Show (Documentary) (producer)
 1994 Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (producer)
 1993 Our Father... (producer - uncredited)
 1993 Leningrad Cowboys: These Boots (Short) (producer)
 1993 Ripa Hits the Skids (producer)
 1992 Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (Short) (producer)
 1992 Shit Happens (Short) (producer)
 1992 The Prodigal Son (producer)
 1992 Goodbye, Trainmen (executive producer - uncredited)
 1992 La Vie de Bohème (producer)
 1990 I Hired a Contract Killer (producer)
 1990 The Match Factory Girl (producer)
 1989 Leningrad Cowboys Go America (producer)
 1988 Ariel (producer)
 1987 Leningrad Cowboys: L.A. Woman (Video short) (producer)
 1987 Leningrad Cowboys: Thru the Wire (Video short) (producer)
 1987 Melrose: Rich Little Bitch (Video short) (producer)
 1987 Hamlet Goes Business (producer)
 1987 The Final Arrangement (producer)
 1987/II Macbeth (producer)
 1986 Rocky VI (Short) (producer)
 1985 Calamari Union (producer)
 1981 The Saimaa Gesture (Documentary) (producer - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial for Nippon Shokubai Co. - Director

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 6 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Aki | Aki Kaurismaki

Height:

6' 4¾" (1.95 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I would like to explain the violence in this film. Because it makes me uncomfortable. The problem is this story had to start with violence. So I wanted to at least make it honest. Because if people want to see violence looking good, there is something wrong with their heads. So I make it look as it really is, fast and ugly. This is my rule and my explanation. See more »

Trivia:

His film Crime and Punishment (1983) is based on Dostoyevsky's famous novel. Kaurismäki decided to make the film after he had read a book about Alfred Hitchcock written by François Truffaut where Hitchcock said he would never touch that book to make a film of it because it was too difficult. Kaurismäki admitted it was too difficult, but still the film was well received and now remains as a ... See more »

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Frequently casts Matti Pellonpää See more »

Star Sign:

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