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Aki Kaurismäki

Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers, and together have been responsible for ... See full bio »

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Le Havre
Le Havre Producer
The Man Without a Past
La Vie de Bohème
Kauas pilvet karkaavat


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 2017 The Other Side of Hope (producer)
 2013 Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla (Documentary short) (producer)
 2012 Centro Histórico (producer - segment "Guimarães")
 2011 Le Havre (producer)
 2011 Barzakh (Documentary) (producer)
 2010 Paha perhe (producer)
 2009 Jeanne d'Arc (Short) (production)
 2007 Valimo (Short) (producer)
 2006 Laitakaupungin valot (producer)
 2004 Visions of Europe (producer - segment "Bico")
 2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (producer - segment "Dogs Have No Hell")
 2002 The Man Without a Past (producer)
 2001 Klassikko (executive producer)
 2000 Kovat miehet (Short) (producer)
 1999 Juha (producer)
 1997 Vaiennut kylä (producer)
 1996 Välittäjä (Short) (producer)
 1996 Kauas pilvet karkaavat (producer)
 1994 Iron Horsemen (producer)
 1994 Total Balalaika Show (Documentary) (producer)
 1994 Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (producer)
 1994 Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana (producer)
 1993 Our Father... (producer - uncredited)
 1993 Leningrad Cowboys: These Boots (Short) (producer)
 1993 Ripa ruostuu (producer)
 1992 Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (Short) (producer)
 1992 Shit Happens (Short) (producer)
 1992 Tuhlaajapoika (producer)
 1992 Veturimiehet heiluttaa (executive producer - uncredited)
 1992 La Vie de Bohème (producer)
 1990 I Hired a Contract Killer (producer)
 1990 The Match Factory Girl (producer)
 1989 Leningrad Cowboys Go America (producer)
 1988 Ariel (producer)
 1987 Leningrad Cowboys: Thru the Wire (Video short) (producer)
 1987 Melrose: Rich Little Bitch (Video short) (producer)
 1987 Hamlet liikemaailmassa (producer)
 1987 Tilinteko (producer)
 1987/II Macbeth (producer)
 1987 Leningrad Cowboys: L.A. Woman (Video short) (producer)
 1986 Rocky VI (Short) (producer)
 1985 Calamari Union (producer)
 1981 Saimaa-ilmiö (Documentary) (producer - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial for Nippon Shokubai Co. - Director

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 6 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Aki Kaurismaki


6' 4¾" (1.95 m)

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Personal Quote:

I must make clear that I didn't boycott the New York film festival. I like the New York film festival very much. I boycotted the US government. I was at the airport with my ticket in my hand and I heard Abbas wasn't being let in, and I thought, OK, if the US government doesn't want an Iranian film-maker then they won't want a Finn either. And I will not go where I am not wanted. See more »


Kaurismäki has said that he will retire after directing 20 feature films. See more »


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