If you enjoyed Aki Kaurismaki’s
recent “The Man Without a Past,” this early
film offers more deadpan comic pleasures. The film follows
a mine worker (Turo Pajala) who loses his job and sets
out on an unconventional cross-country odyssey, Finnish-style.
Longtime Kaurismaki leading man, the late Matti Pellonpää
is also featured. “Ariel” premiered at the
1988 New York Film Festival, like countless other Kaurismaki
films. If you are new to his films, just picture
a Jim Jarmusch comedy of outcasts and slackers—set
in Finland. Don’t miss the chance to see this
rarely screened print!
The screening will be introduced by film critic AMY
TAUBIN. As always, an open-bar, catered reception will
follow the screening, with live music by the fabulous
HAAS VAZ JAZZ DUO. Complimentary Perugina chocolates
will be provided to ticket-buyers at the party (quantities
may be limited), courtesy of Nestle. There will also
be a free raffle drawing for an “Ariel”
poster and DVD copies of Marlene Dietrich’s classic
“The Blue Angel,” courtesy of Kino International.