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Naked Harbour


In a series of hard-hitting parallel stories, Finnish director Aku Louhimies does the same for Helsinki as Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros does for Mexico City.  

May 22, 2013
9:30 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
May 27, 2013
8:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

It is fascinating to watch the urban love story Naked Harbour as reality hits you in the face. All the characters show how imperfect, weak, or lost they all are. And they desperately want to be loved. Director Aku Louhimies is one of Finland's most popular and successful directors, here creating a world of parallel stories that take place in the East Helsinki suburb of Vuosaari. Louhimies has been called controversial because of his dark hard-hitting depictions of Finnish society in a style that's more Cassavetes than Dogme. "Aki Kaurismäki's films are like fairytales, mine are as realistic as possible. I like to call them the illusion of truth." Focusing on outsiders and on winter landscapes, the imperfect characters here are driven by the same need to be loved, seen, and touched. After building up a world of tension, the film comes into feelings of forgiveness and new beginnings—but only in the final analysis.

Director Biography
Aku Louhimies is a Finnish film director and screenwriter. He studied in the USA in the ‘80s before coming back to Finland. In the ‘90s, Louhimies worked on eight other feature-length films, short films, television series, commercials, music videos, and documentaries.

Director: Aku Louhimies
Principal Cast: Jasper Pääkkönen, Laura Birn, Matleena Kuusniemi, Amanda Pilke, Lenna Kuurmaa,
Country: Finland, Austria, Germany
Year: 2012
Running Time: 123 minutes
Producer: Liisa Penttilä, Pauli Pentti
Screenplay: Aku Louhimies, Niina Repo, Mikko Kouki
Cinematographers: Tuomo Hutri
Editors: Benjamin Mercer
Music: Markus Koskinen
Awards: Festroia, Troia International Film Festival 2012 (C.I.C.A.E. Award)
Filmography: Tears of April (2008); Frozen City (2006); Frozen Land (2005); Lovers & Leavers (2002); Restless (2000)
Language: Finnish, English
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Wide Management
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