Original name: Kuolleet Lehdet
English name: Fallen Leaves
Run time: 81 Min
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Finland, Germany
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Producers: Aki Kaurismäki, Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Reinhard Brundig
cast: Alma Pöysti, Jussi Vatanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Nuppu Koivu
Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematographer: Timo Salminen
Editor: Samu Heikkilä
Sound Designer: Pietu Korhonen
Production Company: Sputnik Oy, Bufo, Pandora Films
World Sales: Jenna Demingo
Aki Kaurismäki, grew up into "the age terrorized by the television", and has tried and managed to stick totally to the inseparable realities of the real world and the "deep screen" that only the 35 mm film - light against the electronic machinations, the beauty of artisan tradition against technological overkill - makes possible. His films are full of quotations but always invisible, a part of a constant dialogue where particles of film culture reveal realities of human environment, society and psyche as it is now; only vaguely known to foreign spectators, there is always an overwhelming presence of Finnish typicalities, "objects of love" and references to well-known sources of Finnish literary evergreens, painting or of course popular music (or our beloved films).
Fallen Leaves tells the story of two lonely people who meet each other by chance in the Helsinki night and try to find the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. Their path towards this honourable goal is clouded by the man’s alcoholism, lost phone numbers, not knowing each other’s names or addresses, and life’s general tendency to place obstacles in the way of those seeking their happiness.