Dec 15 thru 18
Fri to Mon 3:15, 8:00pm
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki - 2023 - 81m - Finland - Finnish w/ English subtitles
Award-winning filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Other Side of Hope) makes a masterful return with FALLEN LEAVES, a timeless, hopeful and ultimately satisfying love story about two lonely souls’ path to happiness – and the numerous hurdles they encounter along the way. Set in contemporary Helsinki, and shot through with Kaurismäki’s typically playful, idiosyncratic style and deadpan humor, this tender romantic tragicomedy is a timely reminder of the potency of movie-going from one of cinema’s living legends. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
After world premiering in Competition at Cannes, FALLEN LEAVES has gone on to play Telluride, TIFF, and NYFF, and has, to date, maintained a perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. With a sleek 81-minute runtime, FALLEN LEAVES has enchanted audiences of every variety with its effervescent charms, creating a film whose delightfulness is unparalleled by anything else this year.
FALLEN LEAVES is Finland's official submission for the 96th Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film. Additionally, FALLEN LEAVES has been voted winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for 2023 by the International Federation of Film Critics, following the most recent winners DRIVE MY CAR and NOMADLAND.
"THE BOTTOM LINE: Modest perfection." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter"
"The most consistent filmmaker working today might be Aki Kaurismäki, the Finnish master who produces a soft-spoken and mordant comedy every six years or so and never, ever misses the mark. Even by his high standards, Fallen Leaves is close to perfect." - David Sims, The Atlantic
"It’s a wonderful film with not an ounce of fat on the bone, and Kaurismäki still managed to thread the needle between a style of ironic detachment and emotions that are big, bold and instantly affecting." - David Jenkins, Little White Lies