Employment Agent

A brilliant example of Kaurismäki’s minimalism, built on his characters. A static camera, a single set, two actors, a table and a few lines of simple text.

  • Finland
  • 1996, 4 min
  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Director of photography: Timo Salminen
  • Editor: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Music: Olavi Virta
  • Cast: Kati Outinen, Sulevi Peltola
  • Contacts: Sputnik Oy
  • Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
  • 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).