Aki Kaurismaki to shoot second part of trilogy: Refugee

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Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki is set to start shooting a new film in autumn 2016. The film will form the second part of a trilogy focusing on port cities, and the current working title is Refugee. This will follow up from the first film Le Havre, which is about a shoeshiner trying to save a refugee child. The film won fifteen national & international awards including the international film critics FIPRESCI Prize, the Palm Dog, and six awards at the Jussi’s.

Refugee will focus on the current migrant crisis in Finland. In the film, a group of refugees arrive in Finland, with the lead character being a Syrian or Iraqi. “The situation in Tornio – a border town in north-eastern Finland – roused something in me. I developed the project just last week,” Kaurismäki said in an interview with the TV-Maailma weekly.

The film is due for release in 2017.


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.