11 November 2006

Mika Kaurismäki

I am honoured to present Mika Kaurismäki from Finland as the first film director on the F blog. Ever since his first film, Liar (1981), Mika have continued to make interesting, strange and beautiful films like Rosso (1985), Helsinki Napoli – all night long (1987), Cha Cha Cha (1989), Paper star (1989), Los Angeles without a map (1998) and Honey Baby (2003). Not to forget is his film Zombie and the Ghost train (1991), one of the most fascinating films I ever have seen (and in fact the one and only I have seen twice within a week). Please visit Mika’s homepage for more information about his recent films.

In my photography I am highly inspired by his movies and the mood in them, even through other people perhaps doesn’t see it in my pictures. There are also similarities between Mika’s (as well as his brother Aki’s) films and other F:ers photographs. For example Markus Anderssons serie Metrograd makes me think of the places where Mika’s films are set.

From Rosso

From Cha Cha Cha

From Paper star

From Zombie and the Ghost train

From Honey Baby

Thank you Mika for permitting me to publish some pictures from your movies on the F blog. Invited by Fredrik Skott.


abeku said...

You've just invited one of my favourite movie directors, Fredrik. I agree, the visual impact of Mikas film is very strong and unique in its character. These are film stills worth looking at both once and twice and retrieve inspiration from! Thanks for sharing with us, Mika - Kiitos!

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F said...

Fantastic films, great pictures. Realy an honour to have you here on the F blog Mika!

mats äleklint said...

I have seen many films of his brother aki kaurismäki, and im a big fan of his work. I have not seen any of Mikas films but i will sure do now.

f. skott said...

Mats - start with Zombie and the Ghost train if you are able to find it in Stockholm. It is a wonderful film and according to me the best. However I have not had the possibility to see some of his more recent films, even if I have tried to find them here in Gothenburg. But sooner or later I will order them on DVD, if they are avaliable.

Mika - once again, thank you for participating on the F blog.

F said...

This is most amazing pictures. I love the mood. I must try to rent these movies as soon as possible. I have to buy a DVDplayer first but I think they'll be worth it.

mats äleklint said...

Thanks for the tip Fredrik!

F said...

I will definitely have a look att Mikas films after this "teaser". A great post! Thank you.

F said...

Great to have you here, Mika!

I'll run to the video store to what they got.

J. S-g.

F said...

Actually one of my favorite movies is Helsinki-Napoli, all night long. I'm certainly gonna try seeing the others as well. Thanks for participating here Mika, and thanks Fredrik.


Jeanette said...

Really nice stills from great movies of a marvelous director :)