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Väänänen, Kari

Overview
Works: 82 works in 207 publications in 7 languages and 2,014 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Christmas films  Film adaptations  Musical films  Documentary films  Road films  Motion pictures  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction 
Roles: Actor, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kari Väänänen
Night on earth by Jim Jarmusch( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of five stories involving cab drivers in five different cities. Los Angeles - A talent agent for the movies discovers her cab driver would be perfect to cast, but the cabbie is reluctant to give up her solid cab driver's career. New York - An immigrant cab driver is continually lost in a city and culture he doesn't understand. Paris - A blind girl takes a ride with a cab driver from the Ivory Coast and they talk about life and blindness. Rome - A gregarious cabbie picks up an ailing man and virtually talks him to death. Helsinki - an industrial worker gets laid off and he and his compatriots discuss the bleakness and unfairness of love and life and death
Christmas story by Juha Wuolijoki( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in French and English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did Santa become Santa? Hundreds of years ago in Lapland, a little boy named Nikolas lost his family in an accident. To show his gratitude to the villagers who took him in, he decides to make toys for the children of the families as goodbye presents at Christmas, thus creating a legend that would be carried on from generation to generation
La vie de bohème by Aki Kaurismäki( Visual )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A witty look at life from the perspective of some starving artists. Rodolfo, an Albanian painter ; Marcel, a French poet ; and Schaunard, an Irish composer, are all down and out in Paris, contemplating the perils of impoverished genius but finding solace in their shared commitment to the noble pursuit of art
Leningrad Cowboys go America by Aki Kaurismäki( Visual )

34 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A struggling Siberian rock band leaves the lonely tundra to tour the United States because, as they're told, 'they'll buy anything' there.This farce follows the musicians as they bravely make their way across the New World
Aki Kaurismäki's Leningrad Cowboys( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late eighties and early nineties, Aki Kaurismäki (The Match Factory Girl), the master of the deadpan, fashioned a waggish fish-out-of-water tale about a U.S. tour by the worst rock-and-roll band in the world. Set contains five Leningrad music videos directed by Kaurismake
Kauas pilvet karkaavat by Aki Kaurismäki( Visual )

31 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A couple already living on credit face new hardships when the husband loses his tram-driving job, and the restaurant where his wife works closes
Rukajärven tie( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Finnish and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A touching and suspenseful story of the anguish of love in times of war and the effect this can have on a soldier's morale. A sensitive young Lieutenant is separated from his beloved fiancee and believing she is dead becomes a brutal commander as he mourns this loss. " -- website
Helsinki-Napoli All night long by Mika Kaurismäki( Visual )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film follows Alex, a Finnish cab driver, with an Italian wife and and a Russian best friend, through a night in Berlin after he stumbles across a couple of corpses and a briefcase full of cash.The gangsters who had been robbed by the cadavers kidnap Alex's twins and try to negotiate an exchange
Star wreck in the pirkinning( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Finnish and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain James B. Pirk of the Starship C.P.P. Kickstart and his crew find themselves stranded on 21st century Earth after an adventure to save the planet from hostile aliens. But as the prospect for humanity looks increasingly bleak, Pirk comes up with a questionable plan to save the future of mankind
Varjoja paratiisissa by Aki Kaurismäki( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in Finnish and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a co-worker, an affair and much more
Wunder einer Winternacht die Weihnachtsgeschichte( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in German and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In einem kleinen Dorf in Lappland lebt der kleine Waise Nikolas. Die Dorfbewohner haben entschieden, dass sie gemeinsam den Jungen grossziehen sollen, jede Familie passt ein Jahr lang auf den Jungen auf. Immer Heiligabend kommt er von der einen Familie zur nächsten. Um sich dankbar zu zeigen, hat Nikolas es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, den Kindern seiner Gastfamilien Abschiedsgeschenke zu machen und am Heiligen Abend zu übergeben. Jedes Jahr kommt eine Familie dazu. Als die Zeiten härter werden, muss Nikolas bei dem bösen Zimmermann Iisakki arbeiten. Nikolas macht aus der Not eine Tugend und verfeinert hier seine handwerklichen Fähigkeiten, um noch schönere Geschenke herzustellen. Doch als Iisakki Nikolas dies verbietet, gerät die schöne Geschenk-Tradition in Gefahr ... Dieses wunderschöne und mit vielen Filmpreisen ausgezeichnete Meisterwerk begeistert mit atemberaubenden Aufnahmen des winterlichen Finnlands und einer herzerwärmenden Geschichte. "Wunder einer Weihnacht - Die Weihnachtsgeschichte" ist der perfekte Film für die ganze Familie, der jeden in Weihnachtsstimmung bringt. (Quelle: www.matthias-film.de)
Wolken ziehen vorüber( Visual )

1 edition published in 1996 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aki Kaurismäki collection vol. 2( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Finnish and English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three films by acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. In the comedy 'Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana' (1994), two friends, Valto (Mato Valtonen) and Reino (Matti Pellonpää), take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of garrulous Russian Klaudia (Kirsi Tykkyläinen) and Estonian Tatjana (Kati Outinen) - who are clearly interested in the two men, despite the language barrier. But what are the chances of getting a response from men who prefer staring at vodka bottles to talking? 'Drifting Clouds' (1996) is another offbeat comedy, set during the Finnish economic recession. Ilona (Kati Outinen) and Lauri Koponen (Kari Väänänen) are a waitress and driver who, through sheer bad luck, are made redundant at the same time. Ilona finds work in a sleazy bar, but her employer disappears without paying her wages. Lauri loses the chance of a job at a bus company as he is partially deaf. The couple then hit on the idea of opening their own restaurant, but finding the necessary funds proves to be a problem. Kaurismäki's 'Juha' (1999) is the fourth film adaptation of the tragic 1911 novel by well-known Finnish author Juhani Aho. Sakari Kuosmanen plays the eponymous protagonist, a simple cabbage farmer married to the younger Marja (Kati Outinen). It isn't long before Marja has been seduced away from him by Shemeikka (André Wilms), a seedy underworld type, who then proceeds to forego all his wild promises to her and ends up enslaving her in a brothel
Cha Cha Cha by Mika Kaurismäki( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in German and Undetermined and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der obdachlose und alkoholkranke Matti erwartet nichts mehr von der Zukunft. Da erhält er die Nachricht, dass eine reiche Tante in den USA ausgerechnet ihn als Erben eingesetzt hat
Mies vailla menneisyyttä The man without a past by Aki Kaurismäki( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Finnish and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and is beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city, gets involved with a mother and her sons, and slowly starts putting his life back on track. Just as life begins to make sense again for him, his past suddenly returns to haunt him
Amazon( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the death of his wife, a businessman seeks a new life with his 2 children in Rio de Janeiro. Fleeing from his creditors, he finds himself struggling for existence in the depths of the Amazon rain forest
Rikos ja rangaistus Crime et chatiment by Aki Kaurismäki( Visual )

2 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in Finnish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Calamari Union : Film urbain au ton jazzy, Calamari Union est un road-movie déjanté dans lequel 17 jeunes hommes, tous prénomés Frank, décident de traverser Helsinki, ville de tous les dangers, pour gagner un Eldorado du nom de Eira
Prestuplenie i nakazanie Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in Finnish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaurismäki's first feature follows the descent into crime of Rahikainan, a slaughterhouse worker and former law student, who murders a businessman and then begins a tense game of cat and mouse with the police. Effectively updating Dostoevsky's great novel to 1980's Helsinki, this remarkably assured debut offers a sharp critique of Finnish society
Reise in die Finsternis (Rosso) by Mika Kaurismäki( Visual )

3 editions published in 1985 in German and Finnish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Huurmoordenaar wordt naar Finland gestuurd om zijn ex-vriendin uit de weg te ruimen. Daar aangekomen treft hij alleen haar broer aan. Onderweg ontwikkelen zij een vriendschap
Leningrad Cowboys go to America Leningrad Cowboys meet Moses = Les Leningrad Cowboys rencontrent Moïse by Aki Kaurismäki( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Kari Väänänen finnischer Schauspieler und Filmregisseur

Kari Väänänen Finnish actor and film director

Kari Väänänen Fins zanger

Kari Väänänen suomalainen näyttelijä, käsikirjoittaja ja elokuvaohjaaja

Väänänen, Kari Kyösti 1953-

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