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Aki Kaurismäki

Calamari Union

Edition 1988
81' - 1985 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Spanish, Finnish, English
Director: Aki Kaurismäki Composer: Aki Kaurismäki, Mikko Mattila, Jone Takamäki, Casablanca Vox With: Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula
Fourteen desperate men named Frank, band together to escape from a repressive section of Helsinki. An English-speaking non-Frank named Pekka joins the barroom conspirators, whose avoidance of last names, and any affect, help them outsmart overwhelming forces as they sneak through dark subway tunnels and alleys, hoping against despair to reach magical seaside Eira. The Calamari Unionists take advantage of unending night to venture their intrepid journey.

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Aki Kaurismäki


Aki Kaurismäki, Mikko Mattila, Jone Takamäki, Casablanca Vox


Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula


Aki Kaurismäki

Director of Photography

Timo Salminen


Aki Kaurismäki, Raija Talvio


Aki Kaurismäki

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Spanish, Finnish, English

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Aki Kaurismäki
The Saimaa Gesture (1981), Jackpot 2 (short, 1982), The Worthless (1982), Crime and Punishment (1983), The Clan - Tale of the Frogs (1984), Viimeiset rotannahat (1985), Calamari Union (1985), Rocky VI (short, 1986), Shadows in Paradise (1986), Hamlet Goes Business (1987), Ariel (1988), Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), The Match Factory Girl (1990), I Hired a Contract Killer (1990), The Bohemian Life (1992), Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994), Total Balalaika Show (1994), Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994), Iron Horsemen (1994), Drifting Clouds (1996), Employment Agent (short, 1996), Juha (1999), Vera, nadezhda, krov' (2000), The Man Without a Past (2002), Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002), Visions of Europe (2004), Lights in the Dusk (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), The Foundry (short, 2007), Le Havre (2011), 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (2011), Centro Histórico (2012), O Tasqueiro (short, 2012), Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla (short, 2013), The Other Side of Hope (2017), Fallen Leaves (2023)

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