MIES VAILLA MENNEISYYTTÄ

France, Finland, Germany

Synopsis

A nameless man comes to town and gets beaten to death in the first possible moment. Here starts this epic drama, film or should we say a dream of lonely hearts with empty pockets under the big sky of our lords or should we say birds.

Director's Statement

My last film was black and white and silent, which clearly shows that I am a man of business. However, going forward on that road would demand skipping out the picture next. What would we have then; a shadow. So, always ready for compromises, I decided to turn around and made this film here, which has loads of dialogues plus a variety of colours - not to mention other commercial values.

I have to admit, that deep in my subconscious, there might have been a hope that this step would make me seem normal, too. My social, economical and political views of the state of society, moral and love can hopefully be found from the film itself,

Sincerely Yours Aki Kaurismäki

Director's Biography

Born 4.4.1957, but...

Films as director:
1981 THE SAIMAA GESTURE
1983 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
1985 CALAMARI UNION
1986 SHADOWS IN PARADISE
1986 ROCKY VI (short)
1987 HAMLET GOES BUSINESS
1987 THRU THE WIRE (short)
1988 ARIEL
1989 LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA
1989 THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL
1990 I HIRED A CONTRACT KILLER
1991 THOSE WERE THE DAYS (short)
1992 LA VIE DE BOHEME
1992 THESE BOOTS (short)
1993 TOTAL BALALAIKA SHOW (doc.)
1993 TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCARF, TATJANA
1994 LENINGRAD COWBOYS MEET MOSES
1996 DRIFTING CLOUDS
1998 JUHA
2002 DOGS HAVE NO HELL (episode in Ten Minutes Older —project)
2002 THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki

Written by: Aki Kaurismäki

Produced by: Aki Kaurismäki

Cinematography: Timo Salminen

Editing: Timo Linnasalo

Production Design: Markku Pätilä, Jukka Salmi

Make-Up & Hair: Nadja Delcos

Main Cast: Markku Peltola (M), Kati Outinen (Irma)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Film 2002
  • European Director 2002
  • European Actor 2002
  • European Actress 2002
  • European Screenwriter 2002
  • People's Choice Award 2002
  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2002
  • Feature Film Selection 2002