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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 4, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Finland Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, actor, critic, assistant director, brick layer, mailman

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Young, inventive director who began receiving international recognition in the late 1980s. Kaurismaki's output has ranged from wacky, comic-book style adventures ("Calamari Union" 1985, "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" 1989) to revisionist adaptations of literary classics ("Crime and Punishment" 1983, "Hamlet Goes Business" 1987"), and he has proved himself adept at combining gritty, noir-ish realism with sly, sardonic humor ("Ariel" 1988). Kaurismaki's minimalist style, prolific output and taste for wry melodrama have invited comparisons with filmmakers such as R.W. Fassbinder and Jim Jarmusch.

Young, inventive director who began receiving international recognition in the late 1980s. Kaurismaki's output has ranged from wacky, comic-book style adventures ("Calamari Union" 1985, "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" 1989) to revisionist adaptations of literary classics ("Crime and Punishment" 1983, "Hamlet Goes Business" 1987"), and he has proved himself adept at combining gritty, noir-ish realism with sly, sardonic humor ("Ariel" 1988). Kaurismaki's minimalist style, prolific output and taste for wry melodrama have invited comparisons with filmmakers such as R.W. Fassbinder and Jim Jarmusch.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Le Havre (2011)
4.
  Man Without a Past, The (2002) Director
5.
  Juha (1999) Director
6.
  Drifting Clouds (1996) Director
7.
9.
10.
  These Boots (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Aaltra (2004)
2.
 Iron Horsemen (1994)
3.
 Missa on Musette? (1992) Himself
4.
 Liar, The (1981)
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Milestones close milestones

1980:
First film as screenwriter (also actor), "The Liar"; brother Mika's thesis film
:
Co-founded Villealfa Filmproductions with brother
1981:
Co-directed (with brother) the rock documentary "The Saimaa Gesture" (also the first Villealfa production)
1983:
Fiction feature directing and co-writing debut, "Crime and Punishment"
:
Co-founded Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankyla with brother
1999:
Helmed the black and white silent "Juha"
2002:
Directed the award-winning "The Man Without a Past" which he also wrote and produced; received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
2006:
Wrote and directed "Lights in the Dusk," the last part of Kaurismäki's 'Loser' trilogy
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Notes

"I have one principle in my life. And that is, physically, to never land my feet in West Coast of United States. Not even as a tourist I go there. I don't like smell of sun(tan) oil so much." -- Aki Kaurismaki interviewed in NEW YORK POST, November 1990.

"First of all, I'd like to thank myself. And then the jury. Thanks." -- Kaurismaki's entire acceptance speech for the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival, 2002.

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brother:
Mika Kaurismaki. Director, producer.

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