Finland, Germany


FALLEN LEAVES tells the story of two lonely people who meet each other by chance in the Helsinki night and try to find the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. Their path towards this honourable goal is clouded by the man's alcoholism, lost phone numbers, not knowing each other's names or addresses, and life's general tendency to place obstacles in the way of those seeking their happiness.

This gentle tragicomedy, previously thought to be lost, is the fourth part of Aki Kaurismäki's working-class trilogy (Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, and The Match Factory Girl).

Director's Statement

Although I have so far made my questionable reputation by making mainly irrelevant violent films, I finally decided, tormented by all the senseless, unnecessary and criminal wars, to write a story about the themes through which humanity might have a future: the longing for love, solidarity, hope, and respect for other people, nature and anything living or dead. With the precondition that the subject deserves it.

In this film, I casually tip my too-small hat to my household gods Bresson, Ozu and Chaplin, but I am still solely responsible for this catastrophic failure.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki

Written by: Aki Kaurismäki

Produced by: Mark Lwoff, Aki Kaurismäki, Misha Jaari, Reinhard Brundig

Cinematography: Timo Salminen

Editing: Samu Heikkilä

Production Design: Ville Grönroos

Costume Design: Tiina Kaukanen

Original Score: Kaisa Pätilä

Sound: Pietu Korhorhonen

Cast: Alma Pöysti (Ansa), Jussi Vatanen (Holappa)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Director 2023
  • European Actress 2023
  • European Actor 2023
  • European Screenwriter 2023
  • European Film 2023
  • LUX Audience Award 2024
  • Feature Film Selection 2023