Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days

Aki Kaurismäki

Direccions Finland 5 min Fiction

Synopsis

Paris, 1994. During the night, the Leningrad Cowboys sing “Those were the days”, at the same time as a man walks with his donkey to a restaurant.

Themes

Short Film

Filmmaker

Aki Kaurismäki

His latest film, “Fallen Leaves”, has been a critical and public phenomenon, and won the Jury Prize at Cannes. His cinema, unbribably luminous, the antithesis of Hollywood, flees from grandiloquence and over-gesticulation, explaining small stories of love that have led him to rise as an essential author on the contemporary scene. Much loved by critics, he has won the FIPRESCI Grand Prix three times.

Filmography: Fallen Leaves (2023), The Other Side of Hope (2017), Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla (short film, 2013), Historic Centre (Centro Histórico) (co-directed, 2012), Tavern Man (short film, 2012), Le Havre (2011), Valimo (short film, 2007, D'A 2024), Lights in the Dusk (2006), The Man Without a Past (2002), Juha (1999), Drifting Clouds (1996), Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994), Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994), Total Balalaika Show (mid-length film, 1994), Leningrad Cowboys: These Boots (short film, 1993, D'A 2024), The Bohemian Life (1992), Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (short film, 1992, D'A 2024), I Hired a Contract Killer (1990), The Match Factory Girl (1990), Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989, D'A 2024), Ariel (1988), Hamlet Goes Business (1987), Leningrad Cowboys: L.A. Woman (short film, 1987, D'A 2024), Leningrad Cowboys: Thru the Wire (short film, 1987, D'A 2024), Melrose: Rich Little Bitch (short film, 1987, D'A 2024), Rocky VI (short film, 1986, D'A 2024), Shadows in Paradise (1986), Calamari Union (1985), Crime and Punishment (1983), The Saimaa Gesture (co-directed, 1981)

Aki Kaurismäki

Film information

Int. title: Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Script: Aki Kaurismäki
Contact: Avalon Distribución Audiovisual SL
With: Silu Seppälä, Mato Valtonen, Kirsi Tykkyläinen, Mauri Sumén, Matti Pellonpää
Country: Finland
Year: 1992
Format: DCP
Length: 5 min
Language: Without dialogues

Poster

Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days