"One of the most accomplished and coherent bodies of work of any European filmmaker to emerge since the 1970s"
– Michael Brooke, Sight & Sound
In anticipation of the US theatrical release of his first film in six years, Berlinale Best Director-winning The Other Side of Hope, Film Forum is hosting a one-week retrospective of the films of celebrated Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. A master of stylish, humanist comedies— marked by dry humor, deadpan dialogue, deeply saturated colors, precise, minimalist décor— Kaurismäki seems to have summoned his characters and settings from another era. Yet his films play like timeless fables, and these tales of the working class (The Match Factory Girl), unemployed (Ariel), refugees (Le Havre), and outcasts (The Man Without A Past, Lights in the Dusk) unfold with a light touch and impeccable comic timing.
Comprised entirely of 35mm prints, the Aki Kaurismäki retrospective runs November 24-30 at Film Forum.