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Andrew Nestingen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165594

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165594.001.0001

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‘Who the Hell are you?’

‘Who the Hell are you?’

Aki Kaurismäki’s Cinema

(p.1) Introduction ‘Who the Hell are you?’
The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki

Andrew Nestingen

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter provides a brief history of Aki Kaurismäki's career in film. Kaurismäki made his directorial debut in 1983 with an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. He followed up at a prolific pace, writing, directing, editing, and producing four more shorts and six more features by the end of the 1980s. His third feature, Varjojaparatiisissa (Shadows in Paradise, 1986), was selected for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in the spring of 1987 as well as for the Toronto International Film Festival later in the year. Subsequent films were selected for prestigious festivals, and since 1992, all of Kaurismäki's features have screened at the Toronto, Berlin, or Cannes film festivals. Nominations and awards received for The Man Without a Past (2002) secured the director's status as a leading figure in contemporary auteur cinema.

Keywords:   Aki Kaurismäki, Crime and Punishment, Shadows in Paradise, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, The Man Without a Past, contemporary auteur cinema

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