Fallen Leaves

Comedy, Drama Rated: NR 81 min
Monday, October 23

Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, the latest from brilliant Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki showcases his trademark blend of crisp visuals, dark humor, and piercing observation. In modern-day Helsinki, two lonely souls in search of love meet by chance in a karaoke bar. This quirky tale of star-crossed lovers, who could be classic movie stars in another life, is a life-affirming gem, despite the steady and darkly humorous stream of obstacles in their way. But everything from lost phone numbers to mistaken addresses, a charming stray dog and alcoholism can’t keep them apart. Classic movie references (and a few surprises, including the locally filmed Jim Jarmusch film The Dead Don’t Die) make artful appearances. The film was a FilmColumbia23 selection.

“Drolly scripted, impeccably designed and photographed, and played to succinct perfection, this may only be a slender drama, but it’s also a cherishable summation of what makes Aki Kaurismäki special.” — David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
“If you’re someone who has yet to see a Kaurismäki film and you’re also a fan of Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, Poor Things), I think you’ll enjoy this vibe.” — Amy Nicholson, NPR Los Angeles
directed by
Aki Kaurismäki
written by
Aki Kaurismäki
Alma Pöysti, Jussi Vatanen, Martti Suosalo
Finnish, Arabic
Finland, Germany