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Forget the Rake: Aki Kaurismäki Sets up Tragicomedy “Dead Leaves” with Alma Pöysti

Forget the Rake: Aki Kaurismäki Sets up Tragicomedy “Dead Leaves” with Alma Pöysti

Some surprising news from Variety (from one of our own in Cannes Critics Panel journalist Marta Balaga) this morning with an update on Finnish cinema — we got Aki Kaurismäki moving into production on the fourth instalment that continues the so-called Proletariat Trilogy (Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, The Match Factory Girl). Dead Leaves will star Alma Pöysti (our Nicholas Bell interviewed the actress for Tove) and Jussi Vatanen. Production is expect to begin in August – so this is lining up for a possible Cannes 2023 showing. Kaurismäki’s last film The Other Side of Hope topped our Nicholas Bell’s Best of Berlinale in 2017.

We don’t have a logline yet for this 19th feature, but the filmmaker mentions that “tragicomedy seems to be my genre. I like to return to the themes of my youth and talk about the little man’s struggle against the faceless machine — and himself — all the while not forgetting about the humor.” Timo Salminen returns as the cinematographer. Production begins in August.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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