Yle buys permanent rights to Aki Kaurismäki film collection

The Finnish public broadcaster YLE has picked up the rights to the entire collection of films from Aki Kaurismäki.

The agreement covers eighteen feature-length films and ten short films or documentaries. The entire collection will be able to be viewed on Yle Areena (the station’s online streaming service) throughout 2018.

“I have made my films to be watched, not to be forgotten in some cellar slowly gathering dust,” Kaurismäki said about the deal.

The deal itself is unusual as movie rights are often sold as a one-off and repeat screenings are limited. The films Yle have purchased will be available on Yle Areena for one year after they screen on television. The station, Yle Teema, will hold a filmfest of sorts, with six movies to screen over the weekend of 30-31 December 2017.

The weekend’s television Kaurismäki package will include trilogy series featuring the familiar motifs of labourers and Finland, the first of which will be Shadows in Paradise (1986), Ariel (1988) and The Match Factory Girl (1990).

The second series will include Drifting Clouds (1996), The Man Without a Past (2002) and Lights in the Dusk (2006).

The last feature film, The Other Side of Hope (2017) as well as the shorts will be screened during the spring.

Rights to Kaurismäki films abroad as well as for cinema distribution and recording in Finland will remain with Sputnik Ltd, where Kaurismäki is the chief executive.


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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.