Ariel, GFT 5 and 7 June, 2017
Aki Kaurismäki’s fifth film in as many years is often seen as the title that really thrust the director into the international film spotlight, after several years of festival praise. A drolly existential crime drama that loosely mirrors a 1940s B-movie, the story follows the bad luck of Finnish miner Taisto, who loses his job when his mine closes. After his father commits suicide, he moves to the big city and promptly ends up on skid row. Only a minor-key romance with dispassionate meter maid Irmeli offers a light at the end of the tunnel in this coolly amusing tale, which offers a perfect entry point to Kaurismaki’s particular vision.
This screening will be preceded by Kaurismäki’s short film Thru the Wire (1987, 6m).
GFT, 12 Rose St, G3 6RB
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