Le havre

Le havre
Aki Kaurismäki
Finland, France, Germany
Aki Kaurismäki
Jean-Pierre Léaud / Jean-Pierre Darroussin / Kati Outinen / André Wilms / Elina Salo / Evelyne Didi / Blondin Miguel
Sputnik Oy / Yleisradio Oy / Pandora Filmproduktion / Pyramide Productions


Marcel Marx, a former author and a well-known Bohemian, has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre, where he feels he has reached a closer rapport with the people serving them in the occupation of the honourable, but not too profitable, of a shoe-shiner. He has buried his dreams of a literary breakthrough and lives happily within the triangle of his favourite bar, his work, and his wife Arletty, when fate suddenly throws in his path an underage immigrant refugee from the darkest Africa. As Arletty at the same time gets seriously ill and is bedridden, Marcel once more has to rise against the cold wall of human indifference with his only weapon of innate optimism and the unwavering solidarity of the people of his quartier, but against him stands the whole blind machinery of the Western constitutionally governed state, this time represented by the dragnet of the police, moment by moment drawing closer around the refugee boy. It's time for Marcel to polish his shoes and reveal his teeth.



Festivals & Academy awards and others

Festival de Cannes 2011
Fipresci Prize
Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury Prize
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2011
Zabaltegi - Pearls
Seville European Film Festival 2011
EFA - European Selection
Sofia International Film Festival 2015

European Film Awards (EFA) 2011
European Film Nomination
European Director Nomination
European Actor Nomination
European Screenwriter Nomination
César 2012
Best Production Design Nomination
Best Director Nomination
Best Film Nomination
Gaudí Awards 2013
Nomination: Best European Film


United kingdom (6 of April 2012)
Switzerland (29 of November 2011)