Край света. Запад
Le Havre (The Haven) / The Opening Film
Finland, France, Germany
drama, comedy
93 mins.

The French-language film by Finnish classic Aki Kaurismäki tells the story of an illegal migrant, a black teenager who made his way from Gabon to his mother in London, but got stuck in Le Havre. Hiding from the police, the boy finds shelter in the home of an elderly shoeshine man and soon becomes the favorite of all his neighbors, and even melts the heart of the police commissioner. In the Norman entourage the stoic philosophy and nordic fatalism of Aki Kaurismaki begins to play with new jovial colors, in the daily life of the characters appears calvados and references to French culture: the hero’s wife is named Arletty in honor of the star of the famous Marcel Carné's film "Les enfants du paradis".
Written and directed by: Aki Kaurismaki
Cinematography by: Timo Salminen
Designed by: Wouter Zoon, Frédéric Cambier
Edited by: Timo Linnasalo
Produced by: Karl Baumgartner, Reinhard Brundig, Aki Kaurismaki
Cast: André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Blondin Miguel, Laika, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Elina Salo, Quoc-Dung Nguyen, Evelyne Didi, Pierre Étaix, Jean-Pierre Léaud
Production: Sputnik, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Film

Awards and festivals: Prize of the International Federation of Film Press FIPRESSI

Aki Kaurismaki
Aki Kaurismaki, born in 1957 in Orimattila, is not only the most well-known Finnish filmmaker along with his brother Mika, but one of the most distinct auteurs of the past three decades. Among the numerous awards he has garnered over the years are: the Interfilm Award at the 1990 Berlin IFF for The "Match Factory Girl", the FIPRESCI Award at the 1992 Berlin IFF for "La vie de boheme", the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2002 Cannes IFF for "The Man Without a Past" and the FIPRESCI Award and the Ecumenical Jury Special Mention at the 2011 Cannes IFF for "Le Havre".