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Aki Kaurismäki is a filmmaker from Finland, who has made films since 1981, winning awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival and earning Academy Award nominations, among others. The talk provides ways of understanding Aki Kaurismäki’s films and of connecting the films’ Finnish roots to their flight around the world as a favorite of world cinema viewers.
Andrew Nestingen is Professor of Finnish Studies and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington. He teaches courses on film, crime fiction, and popular culture of the Nordic countries. He is editor of a special issue of The Journal of Finnish Studies titled In Search of Aki Kaurismäki (2004), author of The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki: Contrarian Stories (2013), and author and editor of four other books.
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