Le Havre(AK)
Moving to the port town of Le Havre, Aki’s stylised and offbeat film gives a new heartfelt urgency on the refugee crisis. Marcel, the playwright in La Vie de Bohème, now retreats as a shoeshiner, living hand to mouth with his ailing wife. With instinctive kindness and the support of his tight-knit neighbourhood, he stands up against a tough inspector doggedly pursuing a young African refugee for deportation. A nod to the French noir classics, and in resonance with Aki’s fondness for vintage lighting and décor, this political fairytale yields a nostalgic portrait of a community, where humanity and solidarity are rewarded with miracles. Screening with The Foundry (2006, 3min) at the screening on 12/5.
Aki Kaurismäki
André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel
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93 minutes
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