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Kuolleet Lehdet (VOSTF)
Fernand-Seguin screening room
December 1st, 2023 - January 10th, 2024
81 min
New releases

The mission of the Centre d'art et essai de la Cinémathèque québécoise (CAECQ) is to primary program Quebec-made documentaries and independent fiction, as well as international documentaries, animated and foreign films, while encouraging opportunities for meetings between the public and the artists. Its programming is presented in conjunction with the Cinémathèque québécoise’s under the label New releases.

Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2023
Finland's representative in the race for the Oscar for Best International Feature Film.
2 nominations at the 2024 Golden Globes

Fallen Leaves
Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki
Finnish with french subtitles
Alma Pöysti, Jussi Vatanen
Finland, Germany
81 min

Fallen Leaves tells the story of two lonely people (Alma Pöysti and Jussi Vatanen) who meet each other by chance in the Helsinki night and try to find the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. Their path towards this honourable goal is clouded by the man’s alcoholism, lost phone numbers, not knowing each other’s names or addresses, and life’s general tendency to place obstacles in the way of those seeking their happiness.

Fallen Leaves

Aki Kaurismäki

Aki Kaurismäki is a Finnish film director. His early film career was marked by close collaboration with his brother Mika. His first feature film was the acclaimed adaptation of a Dostoyevsky novel: Crime and Punishment (1983). Kaurismäki says he admires the work of Teuvo Tulio, his "master" in the world of cinema. A lover of the Nouvelle Vague, he named his production company Villealpha, after Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville. His films began to attract attention at film festivals, before gaining international recognition with La Fille aux allumettes (1990), the third part of his Proletariat Trilogy, starring his two favorite actors Matti Pellonpää and Kati Outinen. His next films included J'ai engagé un tueur with Jean-Pierre Léaud, whom he had always admired and an adaptation of the opera La Bohème (La Vie de bohème), with French actors and Matti Pellompää. His film L'Homme sans passé, which won the Grand Prix and Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, was nominated for an Oscar in 2003 for Best Foreign Language Film. He then wrote and directed Le Havre, a Finnish-French-German film that was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 who received also the Prix Louis-Delluc the same year.


About Aki Kaurismäki