Shadows in Paradise

Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10, 2011

Lonely garbageman Nikkander (Matti Pellonpää) finds himself directionless after losing his friend and co-worker to a sudden heart attack; unlikely redemption comes in the form of plain supermarket cashier Ilona (Kati Outinen, in her first of many performances for Kaurismäki), with whom he begins a tentative love affair. Boiling down what is essentially a romantic comedy to a series of spare and beautiful gestures, Kaurismäki conjures an unexpected delight that finds hope blossoming even amid gray surroundings.  -Janus Films

Digitial projection


  • Country Finland
  • Language In Finnish, English and Swedish with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1986
  • Running Time 76 minutes
  • Director Aki Kaurismäki