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From Vault to Screen: Finland
Shadows in Paradise followed by Le Havre

June 24 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

The first of two restored classics from Finland’s famous contemporary auteur Aki Kaurismäki, Shadows in Paradise is an early illustration of his memorably quirky style — muted satire mixed with fantasy and empathy in a minimal and boldly colored mise-en-scène. The first entry in Kaurismäki’s so-called workers’ trilogy, Shadows stars two Kaurismäki regulars, Matti Pellonpää and Kati Outinen, playing garbage collector and supermarket cashier who meet by happenstance. Their bonds grow stronger through shared misfortunes and fragile uncertainties. (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986, subtitles, 74 minutes)

In Le Havre, Marcel Marx (André Wilms) lives a quiet life with Arletty (Kati Outinen) in the French port city. Having abandoned his youthful aspirations, he spends his time shining shoes or sitting in bars. Suddenly, by chance, he befriends a young illegal immigrant from Africa and, with a few neighbors and other locals, tries to hide him from the authorities. “A contemporary fable set in a place constructed from blocks of French cinematic of Kaurismäki’s warmest, most engaging films” — Mark Jenkins. (Aki Kaurismäki, 2011, 35mm, subtitles, 93 minutes)

still from Le Havre
courtesy Janus Fims/Photofest

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