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      starring:

      • Janne Hyytiäinen (Koistinen)
      • Maria Heiskanen (Aila)
      • Maria Järvenhelmi (Mirja)
      • Ilkka Koivula (Lindström)

      • Vesa Häkli (Gangster)
      • Aarre Karén
      • Tommi Korpela
      • Juhani Niemelä
      • Matti Onnismaa
      • Kati Outinen
      • Sulevi Peltola
      • Arturas Pozdniakovas (Russian)
      • Antti Reini
      • Silu Seppälä
      • Pertti Sveholm

      written by: Aki Kaurismäki
      directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
      produced by: Aki Kaurismäki / Sputnik Oy
      budget: 1 380 000 €
      camera: Timo Salminen
      duration: 78 minutes
      shot in: Colour
      country: Finland / Germany / France
      filming Locations: Helsinki, Finland
      year: 2006

      In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

      Laitakaupungin valot is the last episode of the Aki Kaurismäki Finnish trilogy which included the films Drifting Clouds and The Man Without a Past. The main character of the latest installment is a lonely and badly treated night guard called Koistinen who in many ways is the male version of Iris from The Match Factory Girl. Having seen both of these films it is impossible to avoid certain comparisons, and it can be said that in some ways you can invent more tragic stories for a female character than a male one because of her possibility to become a mother. However, you can also certainly absorb yourself into the story of the male main character of Laitakaupungin valot and feel empathy for him.

      In this movie Kati Outinen does a flash-like cameo appearance as the clerk of a Cassa shop, and the performers of the bigger parts are quite well accustomed to Kaurismäki's style of film-making. Maria Järvenhelmi does a quality job but is not able to drain that last drop from her role that differentiates it from the classic Eve of All About Eve. On the other hand, this may partly advance the realism of the movie. Janne Hyytiäinen, who plays the main part, is also very believable in his role, although I do not consider him to be quite as magnificent a "silent film actor" as Kati Outinen was in previous parts of the trilogy.

      The music of Laitakaupungin valot deserves a special mention, since with it the aesthetic style of Kaurismäki really flowers. When the silence is the loudest instrument it is handled with the usual Kaurismaki mastery.. There is also plenty of Kaurismäki trade-mark dry humour at the beginning of the movie, especially in the coffee shop scene, but when the film goes on the comic aspect almost totally vanishes and the dramatic values take over. Another notable feature of this work is the exceptional amount of smoking (even for Kaurismäki), which is possibly because of the director's own agenda of opposing the ban of smoking in restaurants.

      Suomen Filmikamari, which selects the Finnish candidate for Academy Awards Best Foreign-Language Picture, had already chosen Laitakaupungin valot in September 2006, but in October 2006 Kaurismäki informed the institution that he did not want his film participating in that competition. Consequently it meant that there was no Finnish entry in the Academy Awards pre-selection.


      Festivals:

    • Cannes Film Festival, France, 17.-28.5.2006, IN COMPETITION

    • Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä, Finland, 14.–.18.6.2006

    • Pula International Film Festival, Croatia, July 2006

    • Festival internazionale del films Locarno, Switzerland, 2.–12.8.2006

    • Norwegian Film Festival, Haugesund, Norway, 18.–24.8.2006

    • Espoo Ciné International Film Festival, Finland, 22.–27.8.2006

    • International Festival of Film Actors “Baltic Pearl”, Riga, Latvia, 1.–14.9.2006

    • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 7.–16.9.2006

    • Skopje Film Festival, Macedonia, 8.–15.9.2006

    • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil, 21.9.–5.10.2006

    • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 7.–14.10.2006

    • Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, 12.–20.10.2006

    • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, Canada, 18.–28.10.2006

    • 30th São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 20.10.–2.11.2006

    • Kyiv International Film Festival, Molodist, 21.–29.10.2006

    • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany, 1.–5.11.2006

    • Festival on Wheels, Ankara, Kars, Tbilisi, Baku, Turkey, 3.–26.11.2006

    • Nordlichter, Dresden, Münster, Berlin, Germany, 7.–13.12.2006

    • Finnish Film Week, Barbican, London, 7.–13.12.2006

    • 8th Jakarta International Film Festival, 8.–17.12.2006

    • 9th Istanbul International Meeting of Cinema & History Film Festival, 15.–22.12.2006

    • Hong Kong International Film Festival, 20.3.–11.4.2007

    • Finnish Focus Season, Bristol, UK, 6.–19.4.2007

    • Aki Kaurismäki Retrospective, Zagreb, Croatia, April 2007

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      Laitakaupungin valot päättää elokuvien Kauas pilvet karkaavat ja Mies vailla menneisyyttä aloittaman trilogian. Siinä missä ensimmäinen kertoi työttömyydestä ja toinen asunnottomuudesta Laitakaupungin valojen teemana on yksinäisyys.

      Päähenkilö, Koistinen nimeltään, etsii Chaplinin pikku kulkurin lailla kovasta maailmasta pientä säröä, josta ryömiä sisään, mutta niin kanssaihmiset kuin yhteiskunnan kasvoton koneistokin katsovat asiakseen murskata hänen vaatimattomat haaveensa kerta toisensa jälkeen.

      Rikolliset ainekset käyttävät hänen rakkaudenkaipuutaan ja asemaansa liikekeskuksen yövartijana hyväkseen tekemässään ryöstössä ja jättävät Koistisen vastaamaan seurauksista. Tässä auttaa elokuvahistorian tunteettomin nainen sitten Joseph L. Mankiewiczin elokuvan All about Eve (1950). Niinpä Koistiselta viedään sekä työ, vapaus että haaveet.

      Päähenkilön onneksi elokuvan tekijä on tunnetusti hellämielinen vanhus, joten voimme olettaa jonkinlaisen toivonkipinän valaisevan loppukohtausta.

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    • Alkuperäinen nimi: Laitakaupungin valot
    • Vuosi: 2006
    • Ohjaaja: Aki Kaurismäki
    • Pääosissa:
        Janne Hyytiäinen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Maria Heiskanen, Ilkka Koivula
    • Pituus (min): 75
    • DVD Kuvaformaatti: 16:9 FF Anamorfinen 1.85:1
    • Ääniformaatti: 2.0 Dolby Surround suomi
    • DVD Tekstitykset: suomi, norja, tanska, ruotsi
    • DVD Lisämateriaali: Traileri
    • Ikäraja: 7
    • EAN: 6415750911584

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