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Strauss, Frédéric

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Télérama - France | 24/08/2006

Aki Kaurismaki's gift for cinema

"Kaurismäki has succeeded in transforming the Locarno festival into a collective experience of shared cinema," notes Frederic Strauss. The Finnish filmmaker was guest of honour at the Swiss festival. "Faced with the forced march of society, in Helsinki as elsewhere, Kaurismäki's films cultivate an ever more precious nostalgia : they give us back the world we have lost. ... This is ultimately what was being celebrated at the Locarno festival : Kaurismäki's gift for cinema, which is of a piece with his life. Even if he shoots less and less frequently, his cinephile passions never leave him. His carte blanche as guest of honour offered a fine overview, providing a veritable history of the cinema in twenty or so films. Alongside the great classics, only Jarmusch ('Stranger then Paradise') and the Dardenne brothers represented contemporary cinema. ... And what if Kaurismäki himself were an homage to the cinema?" 

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