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.

After the movie, head down the street to Life on Mars to chat movies with him and fellow fans (VIP ticket required, 21+).

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this event.

7:00pm | Screening of Drifting Clouds | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

9:00pm | After-Party | Life on Mars (21+)

Want to support SIFF and have an unforgettable evening at the same time? Get a VIP ticket to join us our inaugural Talking Pictures after-party at Life on Mars, featuring a meet-and-greet with Gibbard, specialty libations from Westland Distillery, a photo op, signing opportunity, and light bites. Ticket also includes reserved seating at the screening. Proceeds from these ticket sales support SIFF programsMust be 21+ to attend after-party at Life on Mars.

More about the film:

The chilly landscapes of Helsinki are warmed by the gentle humanism and wry humor of Aki Kaurismäki in Drifting Clouds, 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