A last minute addition to the incredible slate of films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Le Havre is the latest comedy-drama written and directed by Finland’s Aki Kaurismäki, starring André Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Blondin Miguel. It tells the story of a shoeshiner who tries to save an immigrant child in the French port city Le Havre.
The film premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it received the FIPRESCI Prize. Kaurismäki envisions it as the first instalment in a trilogy about life in port cities. His ambition is to make follow-ups set in Spain and Germany, shot in the local languages.
I’m a big fan of Kaurismäki’s style, clearly influenced by some of my favourite French directors Jean-Pierre Melville and Robert Bresson, as he relies on low-key acting and simple storytelling to get his point across. Two clips and a trailer have been released which you can see below.
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