22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025
The Bohemian Life

Das Leben der Bohème (La Vie de Bohème)

Aki Kaurismäki

Just like the films of Jim Jarmusch, the works of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki belong to Pandora Film’s portfolio to this day. Kaurismäki’s heart beats for those who have come up short, and he portrays them with his signature mix of melancholy and wit, scurrility and tragedy. The Bohemian Life, his most humorous film, was based on Henri Murger’s novel - which already served as a model for Puccini’s opera – and delves into the lives of three failed artists who have been brought together in Paris by chance: The French poet Marcel (André Wilms), who has written a drama in 21 acts, the Irish composer Schaunard (Kari Väänänen), and the Albanian painter Rodolfo (Kaurismäki’s regular actor Matti Pellonpää) fight a small battle for their existence every day, which, nevertheless, finds a happy ending every time.

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Direction Aki Kaurismäki
Country Finland, France, Sweden, Germany
Year 1992
Duration 103 min
Language French with German subtitles
Production Aki Kaurismäki
Cast Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms
Camera Timo Salminen
Script Henri Murger (based on the novel by: "Scènes de la vie de bohème"), Aki Kaurismäki
Editing Veikko Aaltonen
Sound Tom Forsström, Nina Jansson, Mel Kutbay, Jouko Lumme
Sound Design Timo Linnasalo

FIPRESCI Prize - Berlinale 1992

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