Talking Pictures: Ben Gibbard Presents Drifting Clouds

Drifting Clouds

Finland | 1996 | 97 min. | Aki Kaurismäki

March 14, 2024

Join SIFF Board Member and luminary Seattle musician Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service) for a screening of Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki’s Drifting Clouds with an extended introduction from Gibbard on what the film means to him.

Screening Only: $25 ($20 Members)
VIP Tickets: $225 ($200 Members) - Includes meet-and-greet reception at Life on Mars with the special guest, photo op, libations, and light bites following the screening. VIP tickets also include reserved seating at the screening. Proceeds from these ticket sales support SIFF programs. Life on Mars is a 21+ only venue, therefore we must restrict VIP ticket sales to those 21+ and older.


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Thursday, March 14, 2024

The chilly landscapes of Helsinki are warmed by the gentle humanism and wry humor of Aki Kaurismäki in the first installment of his Finland Trilogy, a deadpan tale of everyday survival in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Misfortune begets misfortune when, in short order, Lauri (Kari Väänänen) loses his job as a tram driver and the restaurant where his wife, Ilona (Kati Outinen), works announces it is closing to make way for a chain. With few job prospects, the two find themselves facing a crisis that tests the strength of their bond.

  • Original Language Title: Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat
  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Principal Cast: Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo, Markku Peltola, Sakari Kuosmanen
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 97 min.
  • Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Cinematographers: Timo Salminen
  • Editors: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Music: Shelley Fisher
  • Language: Finnish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Janus