Those Were the Days

A lonely Leningrad Cowboy with his donkey in tow staggers along the nighttime streets of an unknown city looking for a place for his camp stove and his aching heart.

  • Finland
  • 1991, 6 min
  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Director of photography: Timo Salminen
  • Editor: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Music: Gene Raskin, Boris Fomin
  • Cast: Silu Seppälä, Mato Valtonen, Kirsi Tykkyläinen, Mauri Sumén, Matti Pellonpää, Jore Marjoranta, Leningrad Cowboys
  • Contacts: The Finnish Film Foundation
  • Producer: Aki Kaurismäki, Atte Blom
  • Production: Sputnik Oy

Aki Kaurismäki

Aki Kaurismäki (b. 1957, Finland) is, unlike his brother Mika, a self-taught filmmaker. He left his sociology studies to make a living in jobs ranging from a dishwasher to a film critic. At the beginning of 1980s he started the production company Villealfa with his brother and together they made a documentary about three Finnish rock bands touring a lake. He made is directorial debut in 1993 by the feature film Crime and Punishment. Since then he has made 15 more award-winning feature films, including Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), Bohemian Life (1992), Take Care of Your Scarf Tatjana (1994), Drifting Clouds (1996), Juha (1999), The Man Without a Past (2002), and Lights in the Dusk (2006).