Aki Kaurismäki

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Young, inventive director who began receiving international recognition in the late 1980s. Kaurismaki's output has ranged from wacky, comic-book style adventures ("Calamari Union" 1985, "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1957 in Finland

Filmography

Producer (27)

Belief, Hope and Blood 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Havre 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bad Family 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barzakh 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("La Fonderie"/"The Foundry") (Producer)

Lights in the Dusk 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Without a Past 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Klassikko 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Total Balalaika Show 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Juha 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Drifting Clouds 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vainnut Kyla 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Iron Horsemen 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Vie de Boheme 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rupa Ruostuu 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Match Factory Girl 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thulaajapoika 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ariel 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Hired a Contract Killer 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Leningrad Cowboys Go America 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sirppi ja Kitara 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Macbeth 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hamlet Liikemaailmassa 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tilinteko 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Calamari Union 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (25)

Jackpot 2 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Liar 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Centro Histórico 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Havre 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lights in the Dusk 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Without a Past 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Juha 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Drifting Clouds 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Vie de Boheme 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Match Factory Girl 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Those Were The Days 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ariel 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Hired a Contract Killer 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leningrad Cowboys Go America 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Leningrad Cowboys Go America 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hamlet Liikemaailmassa 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Varjoja paratiisissa 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tilinteko 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Calamari Union 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rosso 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Clan: Tale of the Frogs 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rikos ja Rangaistus 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Worthless 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (24)

The Saimaa Gesture 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Thru the Wire 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Centro Histórico 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Havre 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("La Fonderie"/"The Foundry") (Director)

Lights in the Dusk 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Without a Past 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Total Balalaika Show 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Juha 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Drifting Clouds 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vie de Boheme 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Match Factory Girl 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

These Boots 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Those Were The Days 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Ariel 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

I Hired a Contract Killer 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Leningrad Cowboys Go America 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Rocky VI 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Hamlet Liikemaailmassa 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Varjoja paratiisissa 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Calamari Union 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Rikos ja Rangaistus 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (10)

Centro Histórico 2012 (Movie)

(Editor)

Lights in the Dusk 2007 (Movie)

(Editor)

Juha 1999 (Movie)

(Editor)

Drifting Clouds 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)

Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Match Factory Girl 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)

Those Were The Days 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

I Hired a Contract Killer 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Calamari Union 1984 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (5)

Mittsommernachtstango 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Liar 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aaltra 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Iron Horsemen 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Missa on Musette? 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Art Department (1)

The Worthless 1981 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan 1985 (Movie)

(Lighting)

Biography

Young, inventive director who began receiving international recognition in the late 1980s. Kaurismaki's output has ranged from wacky, comic-book style adventures ("Calamari Union" 1985, "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" 1989) to revisionist adaptations of literary classics ("Crime and Punishment" 1983, "Hamlet Goes Business" 1987"), and he has proved himself adept at combining gritty, noir-ish realism with sly, sardonic humor ("Ariel" 1988). Kaurismaki's minimalist style, prolific output and taste for wry melodrama have invited comparisons with filmmakers such as R.W. Fassbinder and Jim Jarmusch.

Relationships

Mika Kaurismaki

Brother

Milestones

2006

Wrote and directed "Lights in the Dusk," the last part of Kaurismäki's 'Loser' trilogy

2002

Directed the award-winning "The Man Without a Past" which he also wrote and produced; received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

1999

Helmed the black and white silent "Juha"

1983

Fiction feature directing and co-writing debut, "Crime and Punishment"

1981

Co-directed (with brother) the rock documentary "The Saimaa Gesture" (also the first Villealfa production)

1980

First film as screenwriter (also actor), "The Liar"; brother Mika's thesis film

Co-founded Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankyla with brother

Co-founded Villealfa Filmproductions with brother

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