Le Havre

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Le Havre
Finland, 2011, 93 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Germany
Topics: Comedy, Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cannes, FIPRESCI Prize; FilmFest Munchen, Best International Feature; Chicago: Gold Hugo IFF Comp

The first in a trilogy of stories set in European ports, Aki Kaurismaki’s minimalist gem strikes the perfect balance between deadpan and charm in a political fairytale tale of underdog solidarity. Once a struggling author, Marcel Max has relocated to the coast where he now spends his time shining shoes, dining with his beloved wife Arletty and sharing a drink with pals at his neighborhood bar. The arrival of Idrissa, an African refugee boy, coincides with Arletty suddenly going into hospital, upsetting Marcel’s simple yet content existence. A police dragnet sets out to deport the boy, but they’ve met their match in Marcel, who is emboldened by a quiet but unshakeable sense of humanity and the support of his quartier. With pitch perfect performances, this Cannes FIPRESCI award-winner is a timeless comic masterpiece. "A stylized and sentimental fairy tale about the way the world might be ... Aki Kaurismäki has become a major inheritor of the comic-humanist tradition of Charlie Chaplin, Jean Renoir and Jacques Tati." – AO Scott, The New York Times

DIRECTOR: Aki Kaurismäki
Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
Editor: Timo Linnasalo
Screenwriter: Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematographer: Timo Salminen
Principal Cast: André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo, Jean Piere Leaud
Filmography: Lights in the Dusk (2006), The Man Without a Past (2002), Juha (1999), Drifting Clouds (1996), Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
Print Source: Janus Films - www.janusfilms.com

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