Posts Tagged ‘Aki Kaurismaki’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Panorama Main/Special, Part 3

February 6, 2010

Starting with a Sapphic rock ‘n’ roll band and ending with an elegy for the Bolivian aristocracy, the final part of our Panorama preview contains a broad range of viewpoints. Of note is an Aki Kaurismaki-endorsed story of incest, stories of seclusion from Russia and Israel, a no holds barred biopic about Ian Dury and a charming collection of South Korean actresses. Click on the titles to watch trailers.

Read the first part of our Berlin Panorama preview.
Read the second part of our Berlin Panorama preview.
Read the first part of our Berlin Competition preview.
Read the second part of our Berlin Competition preview.

The Owls

An aging ex-members of a lesbian rock band get a kick up the behind by the appearance of a 20-year-old newcomer. Twisted passions lead to both rebirth and revenge. The ninth film from Liberian-born lesbian director Cheryl Dunye (My Baby’s Daddy) stars Guinevere Turner, best known for writing the screenplays to American Psycho and I Shot Andy Warhol.

Paha perhe (Bad Family)

Produced by Aki Kaurismaki, this deadpan comedy features an obsessive single dad (Ville Virtanen) who will do anything to keep his son from hooking up with the love of his life—who happens to be the boy’s sister. The icky topic is perfect fodder for that very special brand of Finnish humor. Directed by Aleksi Salmenperä (A Man’s Work).


Trailerama: Paha perhe (Bad Family)

November 16, 2009

How bad? Let’s say that Sophocles would have sleepless nights. Divorced dad Ville Virtanen is horrified to learn that his son has fallen in love. He’s determined to go to go to extreme lengths to keep the boy from happiness. He might have a point. The son has fallen for his sister. Aleksi Salmenpera’s new film is produced by Aki Kaurismaki. It sounds like Finnish grimness. This ingenuous trailer, though, might make you smile.

Songs from the Second Floor

September 16, 2009

Songs From the Second FloorDidn’t really do much for me. Made in 2000 and seemed to have a lot of references to the Swedish financial collapse of the past decade. There isn’t much of a story, just a series of tableaux which include flagellating bankers, a corpulent furniture salesman trying to dig himself out of a rut, and a team of economic advisers who resort to human sacrifice to get the country on the move again. The deadpan vignettes reminded me a lot of Aki Kaurismaki if you like that sort of thing (and admittedly I do a lot, I just think that Kaurismaki does it better). There are some bravura sequences, like a giant airport being flooded by people looking to escape the country. Interesting side note: The music is by ABBA’s Benny Andersson!