Aki Kaurismäki retrospectives take place across Europe and Australia

The Finnish film-maker Aki Kaurismäki may have retired from making movies, but his legacy will certainly be known for decades to come.

Last month Kaurismäki received the Medalla de Oro in Spain, which is handed out by the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, one of the most esteemed private arts organisations in Spain. The award has been given to film-makers like Luis Buñuel, Manoel de Oliveira and Michael Haneke. Kaurismäki received the award on the 22nd of March, and a retrospective took place throughout the month.

The Austrian Film Museum is hosting a retrospective from the 6th of April until the 3rd of May, which will underline Kaurismäki’s deep understanding of film history, and the cinephile director has also selected a carte blanche series of films for the Museum, including works from Ernst Lubitsch, Akira Kurosawa and Teuvo Tulio among others.

The Sydney Film Festival, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will present a program of 10 essential Kaurismäki films. The program will be curated by the renowned critic and national treasure David Stratton.

Lastly, the La Cinémathéque de Toulouse and La Rochelle International Film Festival in France will host their Kaurismäki retrospectives in cooperation. Both cities will see 17 films from the director, all of his feature films released theatrically. The retrospective in Toulouse takes place from the 28th of April until the 31st of May, and the La Rochelle International Film Festival will see its 46th edition from the 26th of June until the 8th of July 2018.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.