Dogs Have No Hell

Dogs Have no Hell is Kaurismäki’s longest short film and part of the Ten Minutes Older (2002) short story film. Contrary to the title, there are no animals in this film and it is more about Paradise than Hell.

  • Finland
  • 2001, 10 min
  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Director of photography: Timo Salminen, Olli Varja
  • Editor: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Music: Marko Haavisto, Pjotr Tšaikovski
  • Cast: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Marko Haavisto, Ana Sofia Liaño
  • Contacts: Sputnik Oy
  • Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Production: Sputnik Oy, Road Movies Filmproduction GmbH

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).