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February 14—7:00 pm9:00 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Finnish-style at Scandinavia House with Fallen Leaves (Kuolleet lehdet, Finland, 2023), award-winning director Aki Kaurismäki’s triumphant new film about love, chance and fate!

Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Other Side of Hope) makes a masterful return with Fallen Leaves, a timeless, hopeful and satisfying love story that won the Jury Prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Set in present-day Helsinki, the film tells the story of Ansa (Alma Pöysti) and Holappa (Jussi Vatanen), two lonely souls whose chance meeting at a local karaoke bar is beset by numerous hurdles. From lost phone numbers to mistaken addresses, alcoholism and a charming stray dog, the pair’s path to happiness is as bittersweet as it is ultimately delightful.

Shot through with Kaurismäki’s typically playful, idiosyncratic style and deadpan sense of humor, this tender romantic tragicomedy is both a loving tribute to the filmmaker’s beloved contemporaries and a timely reminder of the potency of movie-going from one of cinema’s living legends. 

“Aki Kaurismäki’s almost feelgood romance is a droll delight” (The Guardian)

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February 14
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States
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