Anywhere but here: rediscovering the films of Aki Kaurismäki

for Tank Magazine

I spent several nights watching the new DVD collection of Finnish Director Aki Kaurismaki’s films, and wrote up on his profoundly bleak yet sympathetic humour for Tank Magazine.

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki once promised that having made 11 lousy films, he’d make 30 more, just to prove to himself that he’d never outdo his idol, Yasujirō Ozu. But Kaurismäki has only made 18 features and announced earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival that, there will be no more films. By his own metric he’s failed. But failure, and the constant desire to escape from it, is a common thread throughout the miserabilist director’s films.

The review, Anywhere but here: rediscovering the films of Aki Kaurismäki, is now up on Tank Magazine.