2011, Finland-France, 89’, Color, French
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
2011 Cannes Film Festival Competition Film
2011 Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Award
2011 Munich Film Festivali Best Film Award
A minimalist masterpiece from grand director Kaurismaki…
In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.