Skip to content

30k see Kaurismäki film in opening weekend

A film on working-class Finns looking for love drew people to the movies last weekend.

Jussi Vatanens Holappa och Almä Pötsis Ansa sitter mitt emot varandra vid ett middagsbord.
Pictured here: Fallen Leaves lead actors Jussi Vatanen and Alma Pöysti. Image: Malla Hukkanen
Yle News

Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki's latest film Fallen Leaves (Kuolleet lehdet), which premiered on Friday, gathered a total of 31,308 viewers during its opening weekend at 130 cinemas, the Finnish Film Foundation said in a statement on Monday.

The audience turnout marked the second-best opening weekend for a Finnish film this year, following the latest Ricky Rapper children's film (Risto Räppääjä ja villi kone), which drew 31,455 movie-goers in its first weekend.

Fallen Leaves, the fourth installment in Kaurismäki's series focusing on working-class Finns, won the Jury Prize in Cannes in May.

The film is also Finland's candidate for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles next spring.

Would you like a roundup of the week's top stories in your inbox every Thursday? Then sign up to receive our weekly email.

Latest: paketissa on 10 artikkelia