Aki Kaurismäki
FIN, FRA, DEU 2010
93 min

Marcel Marx, a former author and a well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, where he is working as a shoe-shiner. He has buried his dreams of a literary breakthrough and lives happily within the triangle of his favorite bar, his work, and his wife Arletty, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from the darkest Africa. As Arletty at the same time gets seriously ill and is bedridden, Marcel once more has to rise against the cold wall of human indifference with his only weapon of innate optimism and the unwavering solidarity of the people of his quartier, but against him stands the whole blind machinery of the Western constitutionally governed state, this time represented by the dragnet of the police, moment by moment drawing closer around the refugee boy.

Before the opening film there will be a screening of the Viennale-Trailer The 3 Rs and Schakale und Araber.

  • André Wilms - Marcel Marx
  • Kati Outinen - Arletty
  • Jean-Pierre Darroussin - Monet
  • Blondin Miguel - Idrissa
  • Elina Salo - Claire
  • Evelyne Didi - Yvette
  • Quoc-Dung Nguyen - Chang
  • Aki Kaurismäki
  • Timo Salminen
  • Tero Malmberg
  • Timo Linnasalo
  • Wouter Zoon
  • Frédéric Cambier
Sputnik Oy, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Film, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte

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Stadtkino Filmverleih
35 mm
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