Le Havre

  • 93'
  • Finland
  • 2011
While his Finnish wife is in hospital, the selfish old shoeshine Marcel Marx living in the French port of Le Havre, takes an interest in an African kid who was in a container on his way to his mother in London when the immigration service caught up with him.
The hand of the master is immediately apparent in Aki Kaurismäki’s touching, comforting and wryly comic drama Le Havre. With meticulously framed long shots and the sparse, slightly absurd dialogues. And thanks to his characteristic bitter humour and the special characters, played by Kaurismäki regulars such as André Wilms and Kati Outinen.
At the Cannes Festival last year, this stylish, mildly committed film won the FIPRESCI Award, the prize of the international film critics. Laïka, Kaurismäki’s dog, received a special mention from the Palm Dog jury.

Big Talk: Fri 27, 19:30, before the screening Aki Kaurismäki will be talking to researcher and writer Natasja van den Berg about his film Le Havre.

Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Country of production
Finland
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
Language
French
Producers
Aki Kaurismäki, Fabienne Vonier, Karl Baumgartner, Reinhard Brundig
Production Companies
Sputnik Oy, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Film - OUD, ARTE France Cinéma, ZDF / ARTE
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Screenplay
Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography
Timo Salminen
Editor
Timo Linnasalo
Production Design
Wouter Zoon
Sound Design
Tero Malmberg
Cast
André Wilms, Kati Outinen
Local Distributor
A-Film Distribution
Website
http://janusfilms.com