Calamari Union
Filmfest 2004

The cast consists mostly of Finnish rock luminaries of the mid-eighties. "Calamari Union“ sparked the collaboration between Aki Kaurismäki and, Sakke Järvenpää & Mato Valtonen who went on to form "The Leningrad Cowboys” of Aki’s later films. The scene where two of the group of men all named Frank visit the Finnish National Gallery owes a lot to a stroll in the Louvre seen in Godard’s "Bande à Part“; an excerpt of the film was incorporated as a film-in-the-film in Mika’s "Valehtelija“. There are also dialogue references to Martin Scorsese’s "Taxi Driver“.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula, Sakke Järvenpää

Credits

Director: Aki Kaurismäki