Calamari Union

Event Introduction

A group of men named Frank decide to leave the cramped, ignorant, and hungry neighborhood of Kallio for the southern district of Eira, known for its wide, flat streets and fresh air: ”The time for lamentations is over. The time to leave has come.”

According to its director, Calamari Union represented ”low-budget” and ”underground” filmmaking and was meant to be a ”bad movie.” ”I intend to market it like this: the film contains bad scenes, stay home. The spirit of the underground is not to try to sell.” (Aki Kaurismäki, Suomi 13/1984).

”Kaurismäki’s film calls into question many of the foundations upon which our society operates: the Protestant work ethic and morality of propriety, the practices of trade, banks, and traffic, the conventions of marriage, and the norms of feelings and thoughts.” (Sakari Toiviainen, Ilta-Sanomat 8.2., 2.3.1985).

”In Kaurismäki’s work, Helsinki is documentary-like, but on the other hand, it is a general, new city of nightmares – nameless – that serves as the soul landscape of these homesick wanderings.” (Velipekka Makkonen, Tiedonantaja 22.2.1985).

The guest for the screening is Markku Toikka.

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Dance, Theatre and Cinema

Event Information

  • Time:

    • 17:15

  • Organiser:

    Cinema Orion, Risto Jarva -seura

  • Address:

    Cinema Orion
    Eerikinkatu 15
    00100 Helsinki

  • Accessibility:

    The event is not accessible with a wheelchair.

    The event does not have an accessible toilet.

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