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Award-winning Kaurismäki movie now a Donald Duck comic

Recasting a movie as a cartoon is uncommon -- yet Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki's award-winning film "The Man Without a Past" has been adapted into a Donald Duck cartoon called "The Duck Without a Past."

Ankka vailla menneisyyttä.
"A Duck Without a Past" offers a Disney-style version of the award-winning 2002 Aki Kaurismäki film "The Man Without a Past." Image: Yle

As movies are rarely turned into comics, it's unusual that the protagonist of filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past ended up as a Disney character.

Nevertheless, the 2002 Cannes Grand Prix winner and tale of an underdog finding happiness spoke to Donald Duck masters Kari Korhonen and Giorgio Cavazzano, who created the Finnish-language comic Ankka vailla menneisyyttä ("The Duck Without a Past")

Korhonen, Finland's top Donald Duck artist, wrote the text, and renowned Italian illustrator Cavazzano illustrated the final panels.

"It's hard to imagine a bigger star in the Disney world than Giorgio," says Korhonen.

Cavazzano has recast classic films such as Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1942) and Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954) as Donald Duck comics.

Word has it that Kaurismäki, who rarely gives press interviews, is satisfied with the end result.

Kaurismäki is one of Finland's most decorated screenwriter-directors. The Man Without a Past is his most acclaimed title. Apart from winning at Cannes, it was Finland's nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2003 Academy Awards.

However Kaurismäki boycotted the ceremony, citing the second US Gulf War that began in March that year with the invasion of Iraq by a US-led coalition.

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